September was another good month for PlayStation gaming, making our staff vote a rather tense affair. Things are only going to get more and more heated as we move into the final few months of the year, so let's take the time to appreciate the relative calm before the storm.

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Bronze Trophy: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

The third main instalment in Spike Chunsoft's delightfully dark visual novel series, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony proves to be another enthralling tale of death and despair. "Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a fantastic sequel which will have you thinking about various plot points long after the credits roll," wrote reviewer Jenny Jones. "School life has never been so deviously deadly," she concluded, attaching an 8/10 score.

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Silver Trophy: Final Fantasy IX (PS4)

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the month, Final Fantasy IX released out of nowhere on PS4 after being officially revealed during Tokyo Game Show 2017. Still one of, if not the best game in the series, we welcomed its current-gen port with open arms. "Not all aspects of Final Fantasy IX hold up perfectly in 2017, but the PSone swansong is still a stone cold classic [...] masterpiece is still a word that we'd use to describe Final Fantasy IX," we wrote, awarding the masterful RPG a 9/10.

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Gold Trophy: Knack 2

Knack 2's snagged the Gold Trophy? Bloody hell, what a twist! The sequel to one of PlayStation's biggest jokes is actually pretty great, with reviewer Liam Croft slapping an 8/10 on Mark Cerny's fleshed-out follow-up. "Who would have thought it? Knack 2 is a genuinely great game, " he wrote, adding: "Even if you were completely turned off by the original adventure, make sure you give Knack 2 a fair shot because what you find may pleasantly surprise you."

Click here to read our full review of Knack 2

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Platinum Trophy: Destiny 2

As the staff votes came flooding in, one game in particular started to pull away from the pack -- and that game was Destiny 2. A much improved sequel in terms of structure, story, and character progression, Bungie's latest presents an incredibly solid foundation for the studio to build upon going forward.

"Destiny 2 takes the core gameplay of the first game and surrounds it with a much more confident, cohesive experience," we concluded in our review. "This isn't Destiny reimagined but it is Destiny refined, and while that may not be enough to win over those who were left disappointed by Bungie's efforts three years ago, it doesn't change the fact that this is without a doubt one of the best shooters on PS4." A great 8/10 and our Game of the Month for September 2017.

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That's September's Game of the Month done and dusted, but did the best game win? Vote for your favourite in our poll, and then share your thoughts in the comments section below.

What was your Game of the Month for September 2017? (61 votes)

  1. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony13%
  2. Destiny 243%
  3. Final Fantasy IX (PS4)16%
  4. Knack 215%
  5. Other13%

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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.