Wowza, August was one stacked month for PlayStation gaming. We reviewed more games last month than any other month in 2017 so far, and there were actually so many quality releases that our nominees list for Game of the Month was the biggest we've ever had. Okay, so some titles didn't exactly prove to be popular among our team of writers (cough, Lawbreakers, Agents of Mayhem, cough) but it was still a reasonably close staff vote up at the top of the pile, where it matters. Without further ado, let's take a look at what we think are the best four PlayStation games of August 2017.
Bronze Trophy: Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
if you like your role-playing hardcore and your battles tactical, then you'll probably love Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition. Arriving on PS4 after years of success on PC, this Obsidian developed adventure is widely praised for good reason. "What Obsidian has crafted here, is not merely an exercise in tickling the nostalgia itch of those pining for another Planescape: Torment or Baldur's Gate, but a contemporary to those classics, and one that will surely be held in as high regard in the years to come," wrote an enamoured John Cal McCormick in our 8/10 review.
Silver Trophy: Sonic Mania
Want classic Sonic, do you? None of this strange 3D nonsense? Then you can't possibly go wrong with Sonic Mania - a real return to form for the blue blur. Reviewer Stephen Tailby was left thoroughly impressed by the retro revisit, saying it "stands proudly alongside its ancestors as a great 2D platformer". "If you’ve never enjoyed Sonic games, this certainly won’t change your mind, but anyone with an affinity for the Blue Blur’s seminal Mega Drive series can rest assured that this is more than worth your time," he concluded, slapping an 8/10 on there.
Gold Trophy: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Well received by both critics and gamers alike, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a PS4 console exclusive that tackles some heavy themes -- and looks stunning to boot. "It’s the way that the title utilises the unique attributes of the medium to raise awareness of mental health that elevate this release beyond the sum of its parts," wrote Overlord Barker in our 8/10 review. Another rock solid project from Ninja Theory, then.
Platinum Trophy: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Naughty Dog's only gone and done it again, those talented buggers. A standalone Uncharted title that doesn't feature series protagonist Nathan Drake, The Lost Legacy has often been described as a greatest hits compilation by Sammy.
"If there was ever any doubt of the talent at Naughty Dog, consider that Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was built in less than a year," he wrote. "This sensational spin-off not only beds in two of the franchise’s more mysterious characters, but it also gloriously repurposes several of the series’ best moments," Sammy concluded in our glowing 9/10 review. A worthy Game of the Month winner.
So, what did you think of August? Do you agree with our Game of the Month winners, or have we left out some serious contenders? Vote for your favourite release in our poll, and then tell us all about it in the comments section below.
What was your Game of the Month for August 2017? (70 votes)
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
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