As is usually the case, March was quite a busy month for PlayStation. EA actually decided to remaster a game, Ni no Kuni II finally launched, and the Ubisoft open world factory pumped out another vast adventure packed with enemy camps and hilarious bugs. Needless to say, our internal Game of the Month vote was a tight affair, but as always, there can only be one winner.
Bronze Trophy: Burnout Paradise Remastered
Yes, EA did indeed decide to remaster a beloved title, and it seems to have paid off (who woulda thunk it?). An undisputed PS3 favourite, Burnout Paradise Remastered brings the flawless fun to a new console generation. Gaffer Sammy Barker awarded the return to Paradise City a 8/10, writing "on the title’s tenth anniversary, Burnout Paradise Remastered is a timely reminder that – like Avril Lavigne – this arcade racer can still do it better than all of its contemporaries."
Silver Trophy: A Way Out
This is the first time in a long while that we've had two EA published titles make it into a Game of the Month article. Co-op adventure A Way Out loves its set pieces and its smaller character interactions, and although it does have a few clear flaws, it's still well worth experiencing. In our dual review, senior staff writer Stephen Tailby paired up with reviewer Alex Stinton to give the game a solid 7/10, calling it "a successful experiment in co-operative play with some excellent presentation and varied gameplay".
Gold Trophy: Far Cry 5
Watch NPC get mauled by random grizzly bear. Proceed to throw various blunt objects at random grizzly bear until it keels over. Harvest random grizzly bear's fur. Make new wallet. Or something. Far Cry 5 is definitely more Far Cry, but is that really such a bad thing? Not according to guides editor Glen Fox, who gave Ubisoft's latest a fine 7/10. Although Glen criticised the title for being a bit too safe, he concluded that "there are the makings of a highly entertaining sandbox survival adventure here".
Platinum Trophy: Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Once again proving that there are secret weeb sleeper agents dotted around Push Square Towers, a cute and colourful Japanese action role-playing title has gone and won Game of the Month. Following numerous delays, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom finally ventured onto PS4 last month, and thankfully, it was worth the wait.
This action-based sequel is simply a joy to play. We went with an 8/10 in our review, calling it "a robust but accessible adventure that's stuffed with charm and character". We closed things out by stating that "in a word, Ni no Kuni II is delightful". Truly, our non-existent Game of the Month gong is a reward fit for any king.
Was March a busy month for your PS4? What games did you enjoy most? Have a vote in our poll, and then feed us the details in the comments section below.
What was your Game of the Month for March 2018? (59 votes)
- A Way Out5%
- Burnout Paradise Remastered2%
- Far Cry 539%
- Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom42%
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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.