We won't beat around the bush here: November wasn't an especially amazing month for great PlayStation 4 games. That's not to say there was nothing to pick up and play, but the big hitters of previous months weren't present. However, that actually made for a super close staff vote, but as always, only one title be crowned our Game of the Month.
Bronze Trophy: Hand of Fate 2
Hand of Fate 2 is a great example of an improved sequel. The first game was solid enough, but the second does a fantastic job of refining its key features and systems. A somewhat unique mix of role-playing and brawling, reviewer Ken Talbot wrote that its "mix of strategic planning, random chance, and meaty combat is both rewarding and addictive." He gave it an 8/10.
Silver Trophy: L.A. Noire
A fine remaster of a unique and still interesting title, L.A. Noire's back to crack one last case on PS4. "One of the best detective games of all time, L.A. Noire on PS4 will certainly give you bang for your buck thanks to its improved graphical prowess and neat package containing all of the original’s content," wrote reviewer Sam Brooke. "Team Bondi may have been shot three days before retirement, but its spirit lives on," he concluded. A nice 8/10.
Gold Trophy: Far From Noise
An intriguing indie title from developer George Batchelor, Far From Noise is a unique experience -- one in which you express yourself through talking to a deer as you sit in a car that's teetering on the edge of a cliff. Yes, it sounds absolutely mad, but reviewer Graham Banas was left impressed. "We went into this expecting a short title with a bizarre premise, and walked away having consumed a beautiful, occasionally melancholic story that helped us understand ourselves a little better along the way," he wrote in our 8/10 review.
Platinum Trophy: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Push Square boss Sammy Barker is constantly calling Skyrim VR a "transformative" experience. Exploring Tamriel's frozen north through the magic of virtual reality changes the evergreen role-playing title in surprising ways. Suddenly, Skyrim's vast scale is fully realised, and Bethesda does a fantastic job of including accessible control options so that you don't spew up your guts while taking a leisurely walk through Whiterun.
"Virtual reality breathes new life into an already excellent campaign," wrote Sammy in our 8/10 review. "While you’ll have probably seen everything that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR has to offer before, you’ll never have seen it quite like this: vast, varied, and like an actual living, breathing place. Bethesda’s proven that blockbusters can make the transition to PlayStation VR – and on this evidence, it’s something we’d like to see happen more often," he concluded. Yep, Skyrim's still winning Game of the Month awards six years after its original release.
That's it for another month of PlayStation gaming, but what was your Game of the Month for November? Vote in our poll, and then let us know if we missed something in the comments section below.
What was your PlayStation Game of the Month for November 2017? (57 votes)
Far From Noise
Hand of Fate 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
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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.