2. Game of the Month
The title pretty much tells you what it is about.
January: Skate 2
Runner(s) Up: Nothing
Well January had nothing else and I only played the demo of Skate 2 so it wins by default. I didn’t buy any new releases in January so I had no choice to use the Skate 2 demo
Runner(s) Up: Killzone 2, Halo Wars
Killzone 2 and Halo Wars looked like the bit hitters of February and even though they were both good, Flower beat both of them. Flower really was beautiful in every way; the idea, the graphics, the atmosphere, the music, it was incredible. Even though it is a simple idea and all you do is collect petals and carry them through the wind using Sixaxis, it still manages to be amazing. It was a really relaxing game which was gained from the simplicity, atmosphere and music which was always calm. Killzone 2 had some pretty good levels with a good cover system but it isn’t the most original game made. Halo Wars deserves praise for the controls and making an RTS work really well on consoles. Flower was only a PSN game but it is definitely going to be one of 2009s highlights.
Sorry for being late with this entry but here it is…
March: Resident Evil 5 and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Runner(s) Up: Didn’t play any other games but Madworld is probably Worth a mention
The only two contenders for the March game of the month for me were Resident Evil 5 and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. The post was delayed because I couldn’t decide which game was better so I ended up choosing both. Resident Evil 5 is a great game despite moving away from the traditional Resi formula and focusing more on the action. The game was built around co-op and really did excel in this area. Chinatown Wars managed to shrink down GTA and put it on the DS. It was really well designed and had a great mix between touch screen and face button moments which made it really fun. Both are excellent games.
April: The Dishwasher Dead Samurai
Runner(s) Up: Worms – PSN
The Dishwasher Dead Samurai was awesome. It was so over the top and badass. Think of it as a 2D version of Ninja Gaiden but with a lot more style. It was challenging, cool, rewarding, fun and was great to play. It is definitely one of the best games available to download off of Xbox Live Arcade and is recommended to everyone who wants a game that is cool and challenging. Worms on the PSN was also a good game but failed to get game of the month because it is the exact same game we have all been playing for years while The Dishwasher Dead Samurai was different from other games. Worms became kinda boring after a while, even though the multi-player was awesome.
May: Bionic Commando
Runner(s) Up: inFamous
inFamous had a very good chance of getting the game of the month but I never got round to playing the full game so I can’t really choose it. The demo was fun though and it had a great style. I did play the full version of Bionic Commando though, and I thought it was great. It has some really good set pieces and enemies, the enemies really were fantastic, especially the bosses. Story and character was pretty good too, Mike Patton done a very good job as Spencer and really added to his character. The swinging was really fast and fun, it felt great. It was a little short and some of the weapons were a little useless but it made up for it by having a very solid single player.
Runner(s) Up: N/A
I never properly played any of the new releases that came out in June. I played bits of Prototype, Red Faction: Guerrilla and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood. Each of them were enjoyable but nothing that would blow you away. Prototype was really fast and fun, Red Faction had it’s flaws but it was still fun and Bound in Blood was a decent enough FPS. I’ll probably get round to playing all of these at one point and when I do I’ll update this part.
July: Battlefield 1943
Runner(s) Up: Trine
I didn’t play that much of Battlefield 1943 but I really enjoyed what I did play. This was a great online FPS and it’s really cheap for what you get. The shooting was solid, the vehicles were great to drive (Fly in some some cases) and the different classes kept the game fresh and exciting. I will admit that I prefer Trine over Battlefield but I played the PSN version of Trine that came out in September (Yes, I forgot about this month and am writing this in October). Trine was a very fresh game with some great ideas, very refined gameplay and a great fantasy setting supported by the graphics and sound.
August: Batman: Arkham Asylum
Runner(s) Up: Dissidia: Final Fantasy
Batman: Arkham Asylum really surprised me. After playing the demo I thought it would be good but it blew me away and is one of the most refined games of this generation. The stealth elements were superb and had many ways to go about them. The combat was solid and flowing between enemies worked very well. The Asylum was created fantastically and was great fun to explore. The voice acting was great too. I could go on but I think I’ve stressed my point that it is an excellent game. Dissidia: Final Fantasy should be owned by any Final Fantasy fan. A hero and villain from Final Fantasy 1 through to 10 appear in this action RPG. The combat in this was fantastic and though it could get a little repetitive it lets you pull of some really complex moves similar to the likes of Advent Children.
Runner(s) Up: Halo 3: ODST
Trine may have popped up as a runner up in July but that didn’t really count as I hadn’t played it then. This time it does count though and is a well deserving winner of game of the month. There were some great ideas in Trine and they were executed very well. No puzzle had a set solution; each character had multiple ways of taking them on. This was what made Trine so good, the differences between each character kept the game fell fresh as you played through it. I also need to praise the great fantasy setting which was achieved by the great graphics and music. Halo 3: ODST was a pretty good game too. Some people may think it wasn’t worth the money but the single player was solid and very atmospheric. The music was fantastic and probably the best in the series.