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Game of the Month: November 2013 - Resogun

Posted by Robert Ramsey

Gunned down

November was yet another busy month for Push Square's reviewers, as we critiqued a hefty 23 games in total. Last month also saw the release of a certain console that you may have heard about: the PlayStation 4. With Sony's new hardware flying off the shelves, the race to get our next-gen write-ups published was on, and so we brought you our thoughts on the majority of the machine's launch line-up.

Unsurprisingly, one of those releases went on to win our coveted Game of the Month award. Housemarque's eye-melting shooter absolutely annihilated the competition in our staff vote, and didn't do too badly in our review, either, scoring a fantastic 9/10. "Resogun offers an almost perfect fusion of challenging and rewarding action," concluded Nathan Michalik, also noting that the title's "insanely good lighting and physics engine serves as a true showcase for the PS4". A decent start for the Japanese console, then?

Resogun wasn't the only PS4 release Nathan got to pen his thoughts on, though, as our reviewer also enjoyed mowing down the Helghast with an array of futuristic weaponry in Killzone: Shadow Fall. "Despite being beyond brilliant at times, Killzone: Shadow Fall misfires in many of the same areas as previous entries," was our somewhat disappointed writer's summary. Guerrilla Games' first foray into the new generation scored a respectable 7/10.

Away from the concept of blowing things to bits with big guns, new reviewer Marcello Apostolico slapped a solid 7/10 onto Knack, noting that "the title may not be particularly ambitious, but it has a nostalgic quality that can make it difficult to put down", while Joey Thurmond was left in awe by Trine 2: Complete Story, concluding that "it's an exemplary indie game that has the makings of a blockbuster title". Developer Frozenbyte's magical adventure conjured a spectacular score of 9/10.

The PlayStation Vita, meanwhile, enjoyed its final big release of the year – and what a release it was. Media Molecule's Tearaway snipped its way into our lives and warmed our hearts, crafting a near-perfect 9/10 score. "Tearaway is a handheld masterpiece," this particular author joyfully announced, adding that the "papercraft adventure is easily one of the best that you'll unfold on Sony's portable system". Better watch your back, Sackboy.

Elsewhere, various releases nabbed 8/10s, with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag adding some open world bulk to the PS4's launch window, and WWE 2K14 keeping resident wrestler Ben Potter entertained. "WWE 2K14 provides dozens of hours of content that both wrestling veterans and newcomers alike will enjoy," he wrote. But not every release proved to live up to the event, as Call of Duty: Ghosts barely managed to sneak its way into the region of 6/10.

As always, we've taken all of our reviews for last month and compiled a handy list of them below. Take a look and then tell us what your favourite game of November 2013 was by casting your vote in our poll.

Final Exam (7/10)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (6/10)
CastleStorm (8/10)
Furmins (7/10)
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (7/10)
Battlefield 4 (PS3) (7/10)
Stick It to the Man (8/10)
Super Motherload (7/10)
Madden NFL 25 (7/10)
Contrast (5/10)
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (3/10)
Killzone: Shadow Fall (7/10)
Tearaway (9/10)
Trine 2: Complete Story (9/10)
Knack (7/10)
Resogun (9/10)
Rocksmith 2014 Edition (7/10)
WWE 2K14 (8/10)
Valhalla Knights 3 (4/10)
Battlefield 4 (PS4) (8/10)
flower (10/10)
SoulCalibur II HD Online (7/10)
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (8/10)


What was your favourite game in November? (30 votes)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

13%

Killzone: Shadow Fall

13%

Tearaway

30%

Trine 2: Complete Story

  0%

Resogun

43%

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User Comments (27)

get2sammybAdmin

#1

get2sammyb said:

A worthy winner in my opinion, but it was an awesome month. There were three or four strong candidates in that list - even if Resogun did run away with it. Great write up, Robert.

Gamer83

#2

Gamer83 said:

Assassin's Creed IV, I'm surprised how much I like the game considering how disappointed I was in III. But across all systems my game of the month is The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

Beaston61

#4

Beaston61 said:

Resogun gets my vote.
Really fun game, I spent a good 1 1/2 hours last night playing co-op with some random russian, completing various difficulties with the different ships. I have completed it on Veteran... but how do I unlock "Master" difficulty?

ztpayne7

#5

ztpayne7 said:

I actually think killzone shadow fall is one of my favorite fps. I hated 2, which I couldn't get into at all. But I think they made a great game and it gets my vote, even it there are a couple "what were they thinking?" Moments.

DirectAim

#7

DirectAim said:

Loving this game, the more I play it the more I like it, working through Veteran atm.

Beaston61

#8

Beaston61 said:

@Confused_Dude - Thanks for the info. It's not too bad, I am going to overcome this mountain tonight :D I thought Vet was not too hard to be honest. I asked my Russian ally if he was sure it he put it on Vet.

rjejr

#9

rjejr said:

Resogun winning game of the month for Nov. makes me feel OK that I don't own a Vita or PS4, not interested in this in the least. Really thought it would be Tearaway. Or SM3DW for kicks and giggles ;-)

Shouldn't the "Overview" section list what system(s) you can play this on?PSN isn't really telling anybody anything except it's a DL. And you might want to add in a Vita compatible setcion for PS4 games that can be "Streamed" to the Vita as opposed to actually purchased and played on the Vita. Just throwing it out there.

Cowboysfan-22

#10

Cowboysfan-22 said:

Resogun definitely gets my vote. I find myself playing it more than the games I paid 60 bucks for. It really showcases the crisp colors and true 1080p 60 FPS that we will be getting from future ps4 titles. Absolutely love it

Tasuki

#12

Tasuki said:

@Gamer83: I totally agree with you on both cases. As for Resogun I agree with that as well. Probably my most played PS4 game, and best of all the price. Contrast was good too but I am afriad the bugs knocked this game down a few places for me. Once the get the bugs fixed I think that would be a great game too.

Beaston61

#13

Beaston61 said:

@Tasuki Oh yea, I have almost completed Contrast. Awesome game to remote play to your Vita in bed.

I am stuck on Act 3 at the moment... I refuse to lose, hence why I have not googled the solution. Just had to give it a rest and return with a fresh perspective o_0

Splat

#14

Splat said:

WWE 2K14 for me. I know I'm alone in thinking it but it was the game I spent the most time playing.

RisefromAshes

#15

RisefromAshes said:

Tearaway for me. Resogun is best played in short bursts.

Tearaway is a full on adventure game.

P.S. LOL@ Flower 10/10 review score. Er, ok.

Visiblemode

#16

Visiblemode said:

I voted for Tearaway...easily the winner, in my books. That said Resogun is addictive awesome-ness. Superb game.

Big-Boss

#17

Big-Boss said:

Strange... I definitely thought Sammy was behind this when i saw GOTM and Resogun, considering his massive love for game.

But then again if it said Game Of The Generation, then it definitely had to be sammy.

grahammartin479

#20

grahammartin479 said:

Not really sure why everyone is going nuts over Resogun, got it free with ps+ and was bored within an hour. there is nothing new or innovative about it, I got bored of games like this 15 years ago. It really is nothing but a shiny asteroids. At least contrast despite its bugs and short campaign was a little bit different an interesting if not perfectly executed.

Sanquine

#21

Sanquine said:

@moomoo Lucky dude, im still waiting for my import. Tomorrow it's time to go on my adventure with adol and his companions

Sanquine

#22

Sanquine said:

Tear away for me! I was glued with my hands to my vita. It was a superb experience. I know everyone loves resogun but come on... It think you dont feel the same feeling like me when i made my own snowflackes. A great mountain with snowflackes that look like stars

irken004

#25

irken004 said:

I thought Tearaway was a home-run for this month, but LEGO Marvel has had most of my attention.

Reverend_Skeeve

#27

Reverend_Skeeve said:

@ivanmata You're an iron-hard bad-ass, sir!
@ThreadShadow I think he dropped here'n there that he likes it a little bit or so... ;)

Btt: Resogun for me. Thanks to Pushsquare and @get2sammyb I was very looking forward to try it and I love it! Am playing it more than my other games.

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