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Game of the Month: March 2014 - inFAMOUS: Second Son

Posted by Robert Ramsey

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You can always rely on the good old March rush to pick up the slack left by the post-Christmas drought, and 2014's third month was no different. Whether you're a fan of re-mastered classics, licensed RPGs based on farting, or gorgeous indies, there was something for just about everyone on last month's release list. But as always, only one title from the bunch can be crowned Push Square's Game of the Month, and with so many great titles walking away from our critical process delighted with their high scores, the all-important staff vote turned out to be one of the most intense internal affairs in recent memory.

Believe it or not, there were multiple points where inFAMOUS: Second Son was left trailing behind some of our other nominees, but Sucker Punch's PlayStation 4 debut unsurprisingly ended up edging out the competition. Presumably donning a beanie of his own, editor Sammy Barker took up the challenge of penning our review for the highly anticipated sandbox romp, and thankfully, Delsin's next-gen escapade didn't disappoint. "Bursting with more attitude than a high school hardcore band, this out-of-control excursion effortlessly nails the sensation of possessing superpowers," wrote our enthralled pun enthusiast, adding that "while it does little to push the open world format forward, this is still a series that’s very much in bloom". We then tagged the super powered title with a high score of 8/10.

Hot on our winner's smoky heels was pixel-perfect platforming puzzler Fez, which nabbed a 9/10 in our review. With a "lush world that is both awe inspiring and completely intoxicating", rookie reviewer Kell Andersen concluded that "this transcendental trip is definitely deserving of your time". Also laying its blistered, rotting hands on a 9/10 was Dark Souls II. The ever-brave Nathan Michalik described the dour sequel as "a phenomenal experience". "It requires a heavy amount of investment to truly appreciate, but those who put in the effort will fall in love with this torturous title," our Stateside reviewer wrote.

On the Japanese RPG side of things, March saw the release of the eagerly anticipated Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster, which managed to ensnare this nostalgia-filled editor all over again: "Final Fantasy X remains an utterly enthralling journey that boasts endearing characters, an addictive battle system, and a brilliantly paced story." Meanwhile, Square Enix's rather serious series was offset by the thankfully hilarious South Park: The Stick of Truth, which also grinded its way to an 8/10. Resident video man Ben Potter had high praise for the title as a fan of the animated television programme, saying that "the dialogue is so authentically written and acted that you really feel like you’re playing through an episode of the show".

Further enforcing the rumour that we're actually part of some secret cult dedicated to the score of 8/10 was Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition, which savaged both the PlayStation Vita and the PS4. Despite the fact that this particular author almost went completely insane having to type the game's ridiculously long-winded name time and time again, the hack-and-slash extravaganza turned out to be "the biggest, best looking, and most refined Warriors title on the battlefield". Unfortunately, not all battlefields tell tales of glory, as Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes limped away from the carnage clutching a disappointing score of 6/10. "Although long-time fans of the series are likely to pick it up regardless, we believe that this single mission should never have been released on its own," concluded a disgruntled Ben Potter.

What was your favourite release last month? Do you agree with our super powered pick? Take a peek at the handy March review list that we've compiled, and shout at us in the comments section below.

Gunslugs - 8/10
South Park: The Stick of Truth - 8/10
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles - 7/10
Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition - 6/10
Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky - 7/10
The LEGO Movie Videogame - 7/10
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - 7/10
Thief - 5/10
The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 2 - A House Divided - 9/10
Dark Souls II - 9/10
Magus - 2/10
Vessel - 8/10
SteamWorld Dig - 8/10
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - 6/10
Luftrausers - 8/10
inFAMOUS: Second Son - 8/10
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z - 5/10
Rayman Legends - 9/10
Awesomenauts Assemble! - 7/10
Deception IV: Blood Ties - 6/10
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition (PS Vita) - 8/10
TowerFall Ascension - 8/10
Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster - 8/10
MXGP: The Official Motocross Game - 5/10
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F - 7/10
Fez - 9/10
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition (PS4) - 8/10


What was your favourite game in March? (32 votes)

Dark Souls II

16%

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition

6%

Fez

  0%

inFAMOUS: Second Son

69%

South Park: The Stick of Truth

  3%

Other

6%

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User Comments (16)

benrawr

#1

benrawr said:

I've been spurred on by the positivity of Dark Souls 2 to re-attempt Demon's Souls, a game that previously denied me progress through the first level...
Through some combination of extra patience, generally being better at games, and... Maybe... Spamming the duplicate item cheat on the first demon's soul so that I was level 115 after 7 hours, I'm almost finished.
Dark Souls, here I come!

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#2

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Loved south park n infamius, barely played dynasty warriors but I know dark souls II is game of the month for me

JaxonH

#3

JaxonH said:

Ya, that Infamous is a really solid game. I'd never played an Infamous game before, but I'm so glad I gave this one a try. The game is just fantastic fun, that's all I can really say. If you own a PS4 and don't own that game, you're using it wrong.

ztpayne7

#5

ztpayne7 said:

Infamous deserves it. I hope any future dlc for this game is more an expansion than a short quest. More like elder scrolls or borderlands.

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#7

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@get2sammyb me too, I'd never played dark souls or demon souls before, it really is the absolute business. Already ploughed 22 hours into it. I played infamous through three times and I loved it but dark souls II has an atmosphere that walks all over any other game I've played before.

N711

#8

N711 said:

I find review scores so pointless the more it goes but I agree InFAMOUS SS is just a joy for me to play and I find the DS4 spot on

Jaz007

#9

Jaz007 said:

Yeah, Second Son deserved it. Only game I've played from March, but I still will give it that award. The story, gameplay, and graphics I 100% a little bit back. But just running around, fighting the DUP raids, and doing drug busts has kept me going. Plus there is the paper trail DLC to do. I can't wait for Second Son 2

iSolipsistJudas

#10

iSolipsistJudas said:

I see Fez being played on my newsfeed all of the time. I'm gonna checkout the review for it to see if I should put my ps4 to more usefulness then

PSN: iSillyBoiJudas

Gamer83

#11

Gamer83 said:

I agree with the choice inFamous: Second Son. I also really liked MGS V: Ground Zeroes.

MadchesterManc

#12

MadchesterManc said:

Still haven't got around to Infamous yet. Last month was packed full of decent Niche titles that I haven't had time to try the bigger releases. Didn't really know what to vote for so I just went with Dynasty Warriors 8

LDXD

#13

LDXD said:

Dark souls 2 is my game of the decade
Already put around 90 hours into it, would be more if it wasn't for my job and family lol

LDXD

#15

LDXD said:

@SimonAdebisi yeah after playing dark souls 2 this series just moved up to #1 on my all time list!
Gaming since Atari
Like you said the atmosphere is second to none

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