Game of the Month: October 2019

After a busy September this month has been similarly crammed wall to wall with new releases as some of the year’s biggest games throw down for your hard earned cash. Huge sequels, bold new IP, and more indies than you can shake a gamepad at, all vying for eyes and ears as gamers slowly slip into hibernation, our backlogs somehow becoming even more unmanageable.

This time last year there was no shortage of hot new releases to leap on, regardless of which platforms you owned. Among them Red Dead Redemption 2 naturally came out on top, sucking many of us in for an untold number of hours as we explored Rockstar’s latest lavish sandbox, riding alongside one of the most memorable video game protagonists of all time. We also buckled up for a drive around old Blighty in Forza Horizon 4 while also dropping into Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and its own take on the popular battle royale genre.

Choosing a winner from such a long list of entries this month wasn’t easy, though only could walk away with the accolade for TSA’s Game of the Month. Fighting off some stellar competition, Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds ultimately took home the top prize. It had been a long while since the Fallout: New Vegas developer had delved back into the action RPG genre though it latest game was well worth the wait. A comical sci-fi caper poking fun at extreme capitalism, The Outer Worlds is a superbly written game with actual substance to its role-playing elements, proving that not all open world games need to be 100+ hours to take you on a thrilling journey.

It could easily have gone to Luigi’s Mansion 3 instead. Not only is it the fastest selling Nintendo Switch game of 2019, it manages to take the popular franchise to new heights with its clever writing and a host of smart gameplay refinements. In the next lane we also had Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the latest in Activision’s long-running first person shooter franchise. Where some CoD sequels have only seen minor, incremental changes year to year, Infinity Ward took a gamble with this reboot, telling a far more intimate story while shaking up the online multiplayer. A move that hasn’t gone down well with the entire community though some will appreciate the change in direction.

A couple of other games also worth mentioning include Concrete Genie – an artful little treat of a PS4 exclusive bursting with character. After a long road to launch Indivisible also delivered, spawning a gorgeous 2D JRPG with a unique battle system and plenty of memorable characters to fill out your party.

For our full reviews coverage from September 2019, you can find them here:

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And then the hardware reviews:

Make sure you come back next month to see our top gaming picks for November. In the meantime, let us know if you had any top picks from in the comments below.

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