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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)
KickBeat (8/10)
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (6/10)
Disney Infinity (8/10)
Puppeteer (9/10)
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

57%

Killzone: Mercenary

14%

Puppeteer

19%

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

  5%

Diablo III

  5%

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User Comments (12)

JavierYHL

#2

JavierYHL said:

killzone for me...its the best shooter game i play on a portable and the multiplayer is fun too :)

Gamer83

#3

Gamer83 said:

GTA V. Also really enjoyed Killzone though, I agree with @JavierYHL, it's definitely the best shooter I've played on a portable system.

rastamadeus

#4

rastamadeus said:

I took a punt on GTA v and been playing it today. It's so boring. I'm gonna stick with it and hope it grows on me but today was my second play and I haven't enjoyed a moment of it yet.
Game Of the Month for me is Diablo III with Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate closely behind it.

get2sammybAdmin

#6

get2sammyb said:

@rastamadeus Have you got to the Life Invader mission yet? For me, that was the first time I really thought, "Yes, this is brilliant."

Stick with it. May just not be your cup of tea. I must admit, I'm having a bit of a love/hate relationship with it, too. There are times when I love it (as above), and others when I find it all a bit annoying.

rastamadeus

#7

rastamadeus said:

@get2sammyb Last mission I did was the first one you do as Trevor. I've enjoyed the humour and plot but it just gets to the point where you're thinking 'They've spent so much fine creating a world they've forgot to make a fun game'. I have the same problem with The Last Of Us, incredible experience (story, atmosphere, visuals, acting) but one hell of a bore to play. Determined to stick with GTA though and just hope it gets good.

pikku

#9

pikku said:

I'm enjoying GTA V tremendously. But honestly any of the sections with Franklin in it rive me crazy. It's really hard for me to follow anything the characters are saying when literally every other word is either "n***a" or "M*********er". It maybe just me and the fact that I don't hang around those kinds of people too much in the city, and it may be realistic, but it's still extremely irritating. GTA V is still my GOTM by far though.

Gamer83

#10

Gamer83 said:

@pikku

Franklin is actually my favorite character but I agree that the amount of times the n word is used is utterly ridiculous.

rjejr

#11

rjejr said:

Puppeteer is the only 1 of the games Ive played this month - been very busy on my Wii U - but its a great game, and it doesnt have a number after the title.
It plays like LBP but different w/ lots of cut scenes that are really funny, reminiscent of Azuras Wrath in presentation style. And for the first time ever Ive wanted a 3D tv.

Munkyknuts

#12

Munkyknuts said:

GTAV was excellent but the joy, invention and imagination of Puppeteer makes it game of the month for me.

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