October was a pretty darn good month for PlayStation gaming. We gave out a bunch of high review scores, but as always, only one game can take home our coveted Game of the Month award. Without filling this opening paragraph with anymore fluff, let's get stuck right into it.
Bronze Trophy: Middle-earth: Shadow of War
It's the Nemesis System that made Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor really stand out when it launched back in 2014, and it's the Nemesis System that still shines bright in its expanded successor. Bigger and mostly better, Shadow of War is a really good action game. We gave it an 8/10 in our review, and said "In the barrage of blockbusters hitting PS4 over the next few months, Shadow of War should not be missed."
Silver Trophy: South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Fart jokes, hell yeah! South Park: The Fractured But Whole may be packed with stinkers, but the game itself is anything but. Reviewer John Cal McCormick gave the adaptation an 8/10, calling it "riotously funny from start to finish". John concluded: "The Fractured But Whole is practically everything you could want from a Stick of Truth sequel. And there's a bunch of fart jokes, too." Fart jokes, hell yeah!
Gold Trophy: Assassin's Creed Origins
Assassin's Creed has finally pulled itself together and delivered a game that's right up there with the best entries in the series. Isn't it amazing what an extra year or two in the oven can do? We're big fans of Origins, going as far as to say that it has one of the best open worlds that we've ever seen. Our review reads: "This the roaring return to form that the franchise desperately needed." We also find ourselves wanting to visit Egypt more than ever before, go surfing down some pyramids and that.
Platinum Trophy: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Another great 2017 sequel in a long line of... Well, great 2017 sequels, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus presents a fantastic campaign shooter, complete with a stellar story, some brilliant characters, and more action than you can shake an axe at.
Reviewer Alex Stinton was on Nazi smashing duties this time around, and he awarded the bombastic blast-'em-up a impressive 9/10. "Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a quintessential single player shooter, and contains one of the best campaigns in recent memory," Alex wrote. "While the story is undoubtedly the star of the show, the viscera drenched combat, satisfying weapons, and rewarding perk system more than hold up their side of the bargain. The single player game is dead, long live the single player game."
Was October as good to you as it was to us? Vote for your own Game of the Month in our poll, and then tell us all about your escapades in the comments section below.
What was your Game of the Month for October? (77 votes)
Assassin's Creed Origins
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
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How we decide our Game of the Month: At the end of each month, the editorial team put together a list of nominees. Nominees must have been released within the month, and they must have been reviewed by Push Square. We select nominees based on our own review scores.
The editorial team then presents this list of nominees to the rest of the Push Square staff. Staff are asked to vote for three games that they think deserve to be crowned Game of the Month. First choice gets 3 points, second choice gets 2 points, and third choice gets 1 point. When voting closes, we tally the results to determine the order of this article. The game with the most points is our Game of the Month.