Whatever you may have thought of it, September was only ever really going to be dominated by one game. The hype train for GTA V was a roaring locomotive that, as expected, has crushed all in its path. But there were some other games that emerged in September too. Sony Japan's striking platformer Puppeteer won us over emphatically, in turned out that Diablo III was better as a console game after all, indie gems such as MirrorMoon EP and Lone Survivor: Director's Cut proved that you don't need a massive budget to work wonders.
Honourable mentions also go out to The Creative Assembly, who crafted a gargantuan grand strategy experience that surely would have been in with a shout had it not been so terribly buggy; the re-emergence of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Soul Hackers as the 16-year cult classic hit the 3DS; Daedalic dropped probably their best adventure game yet in Memoria; and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs emerged to freak us out along with Outlast.
As per usual, we've got a couple of runners-up before we hit the big one...
Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut -- The PlayStation Cross-Buy re-release of Jasper Byrne's Lone Survivor allows a new audience to experience this sensational survival horror masterclass. Short yet perfectly formed, chilling, surreal, thought-provoking and replayable, Lone Survivor proves that the genre is safe in independent hands. Though we're spoiled for choice by the likes of Outlast and Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, Lone Survivor is still as sharp, harrowing and clever as it ever was, and deserves to be met with open arms by a brand new audience. You lucky, lucky people. -- 8/10
Puppeteer -- In any other month, Puppeteer might well have won. Sony Japan's deliciously dark fable is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, particularly when it comes to the striking visual design. The script could perhaps have done with a little more editing, and there are a few little pacing issues along the way, but Kutaro's journey is an utterly charming and gloriously imaginative affair, framed in superlative fashion. -- 8/10
Grand Theft Auto V -- It couldn't have been anything else. Rockstar put on a technical masterclass to deliver the most visually stunning game we've seen. Their world-building is exceptional; it always has been. But here, with Los Santos and Blaine County, they've elevated their game to another level. The enormous world that they've created in a technical masterpiece, almost impossibly detailed, with everything in its right place.
Whether you're watching the sun rise sat in a convertible you just swiped below the Vinewood sign, or sneaking into the airport so you can steal a jet, or bumping off corporate goons to shift the stock market in your favour, or base jumping off a mountain, GTA V will delight and dazzle long after its inconsistent script has been left behind, even if its ambitions promise extravagances that are never quite delivered.
Thanks to the folks at musicMagpie, we've got a PS3 copy of GTA V to giveaway. All you have to do to sling your name into the hat is to tell us how you'd go about robbing a bank...without guns. Be creative. Be imaginative. Be outlandish. Involve time travel and superpowers if you like! The more amusingly offbeat, the better.
The competition will close on Monday 7th October at noon.
This month's winner will be chosen by crystal ball.
A few little house rules:
- UK entrants only please
- No duplicate accounts
- Please use a valid email address
- Do feel free to comment more than once in the thread, but we'll only count you once for entry.