Game of the Month: February 2013 - Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Justin Timberlake may have made his name by bringing sexy back, but his sassy reappearance can't hold a candle to the return of Push Square’s coveted Game of the Month award. Alright, so it may have been seven months since we last named a winner, but we’d appreciate it if you just pretended that we’d been announcing these religiously since June. You’re all stars.

February was a surprisingly packed month this year, with numerous heavy hitters like Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance all vying for our nonexistent trophy. In the end, though, we decided to take the controversial route, and plop a rosette on Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’s puffed out chest.

The game may have released in January in North America, but a delay just about pushed it into February in Europe. And, let’s be honest, even though it may have only just scraped into our poll by the skin of its cel-shaded teeth, it deserves every scrap of praise that it gets. As far as we’re concerned, Namco Bandai’s delightful JRPG is already a candidate for Game of the Year.

Reviewer Katy Ellis explained why you shouldn’t be a Drippy and play the title in her full review: “Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a masterpiece, lovingly crafted by both teams at Level-5 and Studio Ghibli,” she said. “The narrative may not seem particularly groundbreaking at first, but this is an adventure that's unlike any other.”

Honourable mentions go out to Chimpact (no, really) and Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires, which all scored favourably in our reviews. What was your Game of the Month for February? Let us know courtesy of the comments section and poll below.

What was your favourite game in February? (26 votes)

  1. Chimpact4%
  2. Crysis 3  0%
  3. Dead Space 38%
  4. Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires8%
  5. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance12%
  6. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch54%
  7. Something else15%

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