Wow, what a good August that was. We've been saying all year that September, October, and November are absolutely nuts when it comes to release schedules, but last month was really strong in its own right. We gave out a number of high scores across a bunch of different genres, which only made voting for our August 2018 Game of the Month that much harder.
Bronze Trophy: Guacamelee! 2
Resident indie maniac Stephen Tailby was on hand to review Guacamelee! 2, a strong sequel to an already very enjoyable game. "Its blend of challenging platforming, satisfying combat, and new abilities makes for a thoroughly entertaining experience," Stephen wrote, concluding that "you'd be loco" to miss out on this one. Another great 8/10 for developer Drinkbox Studios.
Silver Trophy: Yakuza: Kiwami 2
With the release of Yakuza: Kiwami 2, the West is finally caught up on SEGA's stellar series (or just about, anyway). And as it turns out, this full remake of Yakuza 2 is actually one of the greatest entries yet. "Adding to a growing list of great PS4 remakes, Yakuza: Kiwami 2 is up there with the best games in SEGA's series," we wrote, adding, "throw in some superb optional content, and you've got a prime Yakuza package that's ultimately very difficult to fault." You've earned your 8/10, Kiryu-chan.
Gold Trophy: Dead Cells
Dead Cells is one of those indie games that only comes along maybe once or twice a year, reminding us that smaller titles can equal, and in some cases surpass, the big boys of gaming. A superb action RPG, prolific reviewer Liam Croft called Dead Cells "one of the PS4’s very best", awarding it a 9/10. "Dead Cells has raised the bar for the rogue-lite genre going forward," Liam wrote. High praise indeed.
Platinum Trophy: Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition
Beating out Dead Cells by just a few votes, Divinity: Original Sin II: Definitive Edition is our Game of the Month for August, and going by John Cal McCormick's glowing review, that's probably the right call.
"With stellar writing, challenging combat, a compelling central quest, and dozens of worthwhile side activities, Divinity: Original Sin II is one of the finest role-playing games available on PlayStation 4," John wrote. "This is a dense, engrossing adventure, packed to the hilt with stories worth hearing, conflicts you’ll want to resolve, and secret treasures just begging to be discovered." Another well deserved 9/10.
And so another month's best games have been decided... Or have they? Vote for your own winner in our poll, and then let us know if you agree with our Game of the Month in the comments section below.
What was your PlayStation Game of the Month for August 2018? (52 votes)
- Dead Cells10%
- Divinity: Original Sin II: Definitive Edition17%
- Guacamelee! 212%
- Yakuza: Kiwami 246%
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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.