Game of the Month: September 2013 - Grand Theft Auto V
Posted by Robert Ramsey
Everyone's a criminal
September has come and gone, bringing with it a slew of great PlayStation gaming. Here at Push Square, the reviews brought some varied scores across the board, with only a handful of titles making the cut to be nominated for Game of the Month. Although let's be honest – you knew what was going to win all along, didn't you?
That's right, Grand Theft Auto V snatched up the votes quicker than wads of cash from a freshly opened bank vault with very little police resistance. This particular writer had the pleasure of penning the review for the month's most anticipated release, admitting that "Rockstar's latest tale of crime and punishment is easily one of the best open world games on the market".
However, it would be unjust to let September's other memorable releases drift into obscurity, especially when they included one of the PlayStation Vita's most anticipated games. "Killzone: Mercenary would be worth its pay packet on the PlayStation 3, but Guerrilla Cambridge deserves a bonus for squeezing the adventure onto the Vita," summarised a delighted Sammy Barker, adding that "this is the high-budget handheld hit that you’ve been waiting for". The "graphically astounding" portable title secured a fantastic score of 8/10 – worth the wait, then?
Killzone's pocketable gore-fest wasn't the only PlayStation exclusive to launch last month, though, as we can't possibly forget about Japan Studio's Puppeteer. "This is a title that is almost the very definition of artistic," this enthralled reviewer stated, concluding that the infinitely charming platformer is "one of the best exclusive adventures on the PS3", giving even Grand Theft Auto V a run for its money with a brilliant score of 9/10.
Elsewhere, Ben Potter slapped an 8/10 on Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, writing that the sibling story "manages to pack an emotional punch despite lacking intelligible dialogue or AAA graphics". Our third 9/10 came courtesy of Diablo III, as Greg Giddens found it especially hard to escape the RPG's demonic grasp. Unfortunately, Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn's long-awaited PS3 launch didn't go quite as planned, with reviewer Nathan Michalik walking away from the experience disheartened, claiming that it's "a bit too much for the aging PS3 to handle at times". A plethora of technical problems stopped the MMORPG from questing its way above an average score of 5/10.
What was your game of the month? Do we even have to ask? Cast your vote in the poll and plead your case in the comments section. Oh, and don't forget to peruse the handy list of September reviews that we've included in the space below.
Killzone: Mercenary (8/10)
Real Boxing (8/10)
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (6/10)
Disney Infinity (8/10)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (8/10)
Dragon Fantasy: Book II (5/10)
Diablo III (9/10)
Farming Simulator (4/10)
Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (5/10)
Grand Theft Auto V (9/10)
Elminage Original (5/10)
Madden NFL 25 (8/10)
Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter HD (6/10)
Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut (8/10)
What was your favourite game in September? (21 votes)
Grand Theft Auto V
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
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