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Game of the Month – June 2014

July 1, 2014 Written by Chandler Wood

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Among the new additions to PlayStation LifeStyle’s stable of regular features, we are happy to announce that we will be bringing you our choice for Game of the Month going forward. June didn’t see many large releases with E3 taking place in the middle of the month, but even so, there were still a few games that caught our eye, which have been included in this month’s list of nominees.

NOMINEES:

  • GRID Autosport - “But, hardcore racing fans who have no concept of repetition being a bad thing, will find the game’s 22 different locations and five very diverse race types an interesting departure from the status quo.”
  • 1001 Spikes – “You get 1001 lives, and with the timing and difficulty of each level, you’ll need every single one.”
  • EA Sports UFC - ” It doesn’t hurt that there’s no other MMA game to compete against, much less on PlayStation 4, but the game’s presentation has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a fully loaded fight card.”
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War - “I even think this game communicated parts of WWI so well that it could be used as an educational tool, though the characters’ story is fiction.”
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect - “I love the idea of a cop investigating his own murder. While playing the game, I was always excited to hurry and find out the next part of the mystery, and the next, and the next… and the next.”

And the Winner is:

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In a surprising move, Ubisoft came in with Valiant Hearts: The Great War and delivered a great experience that could have easily won a month with much stronger competition. That being said, Valiant Hearts is far and away our choice for Game of the Month in June.

Here are a few choice quotes from our Valiant Hearts review.

“This game guides you through an extremely emotional story with perfect pacing and unfailing intrigue, all in a way that contrasts the harshness of war with detailed illustration. If you’re a thankful child, a doting parent, a committed couple, or someone who has experienced loss of a loved one, you’ll feel this game.”

“I expected at least some puzzles to repeat themselves in slightly different ways, but never noticed that happening. I was sufficiently challenged and entertained at the same time by the quandaries. They didn’t feel cheap, they felt realistic.”

“When you play through the game, you get to see the hardships of World War I through the eyes of four different characters whose destinies cross in unexpected ways. Each of the four characters are very relatable and their anecdotes help convey the gravity of WWI.”

“Everything being historically accurate adds a depth to this game that I didn’t anticipate. I didn’t realize how important that would be to making Valiant Hearts so poignant. I personally enjoy learning about history in any form, and this title was an impressive format to learn from.”

“I was happy to find that famous classical music appears in Valiant Hearts, and tactfully. Besides that, its own unique soundtrack is haunting and perfectly designed for each level. By the end of the game, even hearing the main song play on the menu screen could make the emotions of the game snap back into focus for me.”

“This game made me shed more tears than any game I have ever played before, and I find that I am not alone in that sentiment.”

What was your personal Game of the Month for June? Do you have a guess at who will take Game of the Month in July? Be sure to check back on August 1st for July’s Game of the Month.


Note that scores do not necessarily guarantee a nominee or a winner, as different reviewers may give differing opinions. Nominees and winners are chosen via a discussion among the entire PSLS staff.