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Game of the Month: October 2013 - Beyond: Two Souls

Posted by Robert Ramsey

Here's your award, David

November is finally here, the month in which Sony's next generation console is set to be unleashed in North America and Europe. The anticipation is becoming almost unbearable, but PlayStation's promising future hasn't stopped us from glancing back into its past to decide upon which of October's releases deserves our coveted Game of the Month accolade.

Beyond: Two Souls may not have been on the receiving end of universal praise, but it clearly did something right to spirit its way to victory over last month's fierce competition. "This is still a game that you should experience irrespective of its flaws," an impressed Sammy Barker concluded. The title's "outrageously ambitious subject matter" and "staggering technological achievements" earned it a great score of 8/10 in our review.

Surprisingly, Quantic Dream's PlayStation 3 swansong wasn't our highest rated October release, as Telltale Games' latest narrative-driven comic book adaptation The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 - Faith was left howling at the moon in triumph. Sporting a story that's "as disturbing and shocking as it is gripping", our resident Video Editor Ben Potter summoned his inner beast and slapped a 9/10 on the series' initial instalment.

Elsewhere, scores of 8/10 were dealt out like delicious sweets on Hallowe'en night, with atmospheric PSN title Rain, stunningly beautiful brawler Dragon's Crown, and the shanty-singing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag all settling for top-tier candy. This particular author was enthralled with Vanillaware's gorgeous creation, stating that "for an action RPG, this release has it all", while our Editor developed a bit of a soft spot for Captain Edward Kenway, writing that the Welsh protagonist is "an excellent character, and is brilliantly acted". Better watch your back, Ezio.

Unfortunately, you have to take the tricks with the treats, and so we egged Skydive: Proximity Flight and Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion with scores of 4/10. Thankfully, the Batman's costume hasn't quite lost its edge just yet, meaning that Batman: Arkham Origins stealthily avoided a similar yolk-filled splattering, appearing from the shadows to claim a solid 7/10.

Do you agree with our choice, or do you think that we're too sweet on Ellen Page? Take a gander at the handy list of October reviews that we've provided, vote on your favourite, watch our video recap of last month's best games, and then batter our office with rotten food in the comments section below.

Rain (8/10)
Jumping Flash (PSOne) (7/10)
Beyond: Two Souls (8/10)
Dragon's Crown (8/10)
Atomic Ninjas (7/10)
Sparkle (7/10)
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX (7/10)
WipEout (PSOne) (7/10)
Skydive: Proximity Flight (4/10)
PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer (8/10)
The Guided Fate Paradox (8/10)
FIFA 14 (8/10)
MediEvil (PSOne) (5/10)
Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion (4/10)
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (8/10)
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 - Faith (9/10)
Superfrog HD (6/10)
F1 2013 (7/10)
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (8/10)
Batman: Arkham Origins (7/10)
Proteus (7/10)
Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PSOne) (8/10)


[ Video written and edited by Ben Potter ]

What was your favourite game in October? (26 votes)

Dragon's Crown

19%

Rain

  4%

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 - Faith

12%

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

8%

Beyond: Two Souls

58%

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User Comments (13)

RawShark

#2

RawShark said:

Beyond is one of those games that's is worth playing as it has interesting ideas, but you'll want to play it once and once only.

Some people would say that if you liked Heavy Rain you'd know what to expect and will probably like this, but in all honesty I'd say that of the two, Heavy Rain is far superior. I actually went back into Heavy Rain to see what other paths I could find through the game. With Beyond I was done. By the end I was sick of the limited gameplay features and even sicker of the mopey, angsty cast of characters.

By all means try it, but bare in mind it will be going on ebay right after you finish.

Carl-G

#3

Carl-G said:

I loved Beyond :P It was a refreshing change from all the same old yearly sh*t :D

Splat

#7

Splat said:

Awesome video Ben. Ending with the trophy chime was the greatest thing ever!

I would have to agree that Beyond was my Game of the Month but The Wolf Among Us is a close second.

artemisthemp

#8

artemisthemp said:

I was more amazed by Dragon's Crown or Hatsune Miku Project Diva F (Know it release in August) than Beyond: Two Souls and AC4 is first November :P

Gamer83

#10

Gamer83 said:

For me it's Batman: Arkham Origins but I haven't played AC IV since I'm waiting for the PS4 version. Definite possibility that AC is the better game though.

tabris95

#12

tabris95 said:

More of these videos please! Loved it! Also pretty happy with the choice of Beyond winning game of the month, even though Dragan's Crown was awesome.

Grockumus

#13

Grockumus said:

I'm torn between voting for Beyond: Two Souls and Dragon's Crown. I loved both of them so much!

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