April was a pretty darn good month for PlayStation gaming, and that was thanks to just a handful of top quality titles. But as always, only one release can be crowned Game of the Month -- and no, you don't win any prizes for guessing which title came out on top time this around.
Bronze Trophy: The Swords of Ditto
Another cracking smaller release from publisher Devolver Digital, The Swords of Ditto is a colourful little action RPG with a cool premise. You've got just a few in-game days to prepare for a fateful encounter with an evil witch: win and peace is restored to the world -- lose and the next chosen one will have to pick up the slack 100 years down the line. "Tight and tidy, this is an addictive time sink that's well worth a look -- especially if you bring someone along for the ride," our 8/10 review concludes.
Silver Trophy: Owlboy
A top notch pixelated adventure with an intriguing story and bagfuls of charm, Owlboy left senior staff writer Stephen Tailby thoroughly impressed. "All told, Owlboy is a delightful game full to bursting with character. Otus’ bittersweet tale is engrossing, the supporting cast is consistently charming, and there’s an admirable level of polish across the board," he gushed in our 9/10 review. "It took them 10 years, but D-Pad Studio has created one of the best 2D adventure titles in recent memory."
Gold Trophy: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
It may have been swept aside by God of War's launch three days later (good job, SEGA), but we implore you to check out Yakuza 6 when you get the chance. The final chapter in series' protagonist Kazuma Kiryu's story, this is what next-gen Yakuza looks like. The all-new Dragon Engine adds a layer of lushness that the franchise has needed for years, and the plot takes no prisoners. Gripping, spectacular, and downright dumb at times, Yakuza 6 should not be missed, according to our 9/10 review.
Platinum Trophy: God of War
God of War is our Game of the Month for April 2018. You never saw this one coming, did you? Of course not! A superb game from start to finish, editor Sammy Barker slapped a 10/10 on Sony's latest exclusive and never looked back.
"God of War is a special game," Sammy concluded. "This reimagining of the famous PlayStation franchise elevates the series in unexpected ways, without forgetting the core tenets that made Kratos a fan-favourite to begin with." Kratos is back, baby, and we'd happily take a sequel right now. Like, right now. Today. Game of the Month!
Do you agree with our Game of the Month for April 2018? Vote for your own favourite in our poll, and then feed us your delicious opinions in the comments section below.
What was your Game of the Month for April 2018? (69 votes)
- God of War81%
- Owlboy 0%
- The Swords of Ditto3%
- Yakuza 6: The Song of Life14%
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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.