With November done and dusted, it's safe to say that the winter rush is over. We look forward to this period of peace every year, but it isn't long before we realise that we soon have to get busy with our Game of the Year coverage. Writing about games is a hard life, folks.
Anyway, before we can crown a winner for the whole year, we first need to look back over November's best titles and pick a victor for last month. As is usually the case, our internal staff vote was a close call, but as we all know, only one release can be awarded Game of the Month – so let's get down to it.
Bronze Trophy: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
It may have caused a colossal amount of controversy when it was announced, but there's no denying that Modern Warfare Remastered is a remaster done right. One of the most influential shooters ever made, the game that transformed Call of Duty into a true juggernaut is still a fantastic title. Reviewer Joey Thurmond called it "a legend to be revered for its grounded, focused gameplay", and gave it an impressive 9/10.
Silver Trophy: Watch Dogs 2
By most accounts a very successful sequel, Watch Dogs 2 pumps some life into Ubisoft's dreary sandbox property, expanding its gameplay scope by giving you way more freedom when it comes to hacking and general exploration. Reviewer Matt Adcock concluded that it's a "fun-packed and exciting ride, which benefits from less generic mission design and a vibrant open world to enjoy." Marcus and the gang get an 8/10.
Gold Trophy: Dishonored 2
Another sequel that, according to most, is a step up from the previous game, Dishonored 2 introduces yet more crazy powers and deadly tools that are yours to unleash upon your unsuspecting enemies. Intrepid reviewer Alex Stinton was all over this one, awarding it an 8/10 and calling it "a whale of a time". Cheeky. "Running wild in Dishonored 2's fascinating world of stealth playgrounds never fails to be both fun and challenging," he wrote.
Platinum Trophy: Final Fantasy XV
The last ten years weren't for nothing, it would seem. Final Fantasy XV launched to a solid critical response last month, and many fans have been calling it a real return to form for the now legendary series - even if this latest instalment eschews the traditional gameplay structure that the property is perhaps best known for.
"Final Fantasy XV is a strange, patchwork beast that's made up of countless different components," we wrote in our review. "Having been in development for so long, things could have gone far, far worse for Noctis and the gang, but as it stands, this is an engrossing journey that delivers a unique experience – and that's something that can rarely be said about today's open world games [...] Final Fantasy XV fills us with hope that the series can still carve out its own path, even after all these years." A deserved Game of the Month winner, we reckon.
So, where do you stand on this? Do you agree with our winner, or even our nominees? Remember to vote in our poll, and then tell us what game you enjoyed most in November and why in the comments section below.
What was your Game of the Month for November 2016? (64 votes)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
Final Fantasy XV
Watch Dogs 2
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