Game of the Month April 2016 PS4 PlayStation 4 1

March was an unusually quiet month for new releases, but don't worry: April appears to have picked up the slack. The Push Square team was hard at work last month, penning all sorts of critiques for various blockbuster titles – and as a result, our list of nominees for April's Game of the Month was the strongest that we've seen in quite some time. Probably a good job that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End got delayed, eh?

Tactical espionage action

Bronze Trophy: Invisible, Inc.

A strategic stealth-'em-up that focuses on player choice, Invisible, Inc. slowly but surely worked its way into our Game of the Month vote after stealing the heart of reviewer Alex Stinton. Alex gave Klei Entertainment's stylish title an impressive score of 9/10, concluding that "if you have even a passing interest in turn-based strategy games, you shouldn't let this exceptional title sneak under your radar".

They're comin' out of the walls

Silver Trophy: Alienation

Taking the fight to aggressive aliens all over the world, Alienation has proven to be another hit for Housemarque. Whether you're playing alone or with friends, this is an explosive shooter buoyed by RPG elements and lots of lovely loot. Describing the title as "high-octane, arcadey action with a fiendishly gripping gameplay loop", reviewer Stephen Tailby pulled the trigger on a great score of 8/10.

Ratchet up the acclaim

Gold Trophy: Ratchet & Clank

One of PlayStation's most beloved duos came back with a bang last month thanks to Insomniac Games' superb remake. Boasting brilliant visuals and a level of charm that's seldom found on PS4, prolific scribe Alex Stinton awarded Ratchet & Clank a stellar score of 9/10, calling it "a truly worthy entry in the franchise" and "a greatest hits compilation so compelling that you won't want to skip it".

Dark Souls III PS4 PlayStation 4 1

Platinum Trophy: Dark Souls III

In a month chocked full of good games, it's perhaps fitting that Dark Souls III fought and struggled to claim the top spot. From Software's latest adventure proves that, once again, the Japanese developer is a master at creating gripping worlds full of danger, secrets, and wonderment.

Veteran Souls player Damien McFerran reviewed this one, dubbing it a "triumph of the imagination". He added: "Dark Souls III is arguably the most accomplished entry [in the series] yet, refining the core mechanics and cunningly utilizing next-generation hardware to excellent effect." After much pain and toil, the Ashen One achieved victory with a score of 9/10.

What was your Game of the Month for April? Do you agree with our winner, or even our nominees? Vote in our poll, and then share your thoughts in the comments section below.

What was your Game of the Month for April 2016? (45 votes)

  1. Alienation4%
  2. Dark Souls III31%
  3. Invisible, Inc.2%
  4. Ratchet & Clank56%
  5. Other7%

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