March offered such a marvellous outpouring of new game releases that the CVG editorial team required extra time to finalise votes on its inaugural Game of the Month.
But after much deliberation, our democratically voted list of the ten best games can now be revealed. Each person on the CVG video and editorial teams were asked to pick their favourite (10pts) and second-best (5pts) games released in March, with the results counted up and listed in order of total points.
Developer: Matt Makes Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Ouya
TowerFall: Ascension review
Some games split opinion, some amass armies of fans, some survive as cult classics and some are an overnight phenomenon. But rarely does something like TowerFall grace our lives; not often can a game be described, with conviction, as loved by everyone.
A quick test in the CVG office, wherein we asked no-one in particular what they loved about Towerfall, resulted in a mass of answers from all sides.
Even more encouraging was the diversity of responses; how it is endlessly deep, how it rekindles that passion for offline multiplayer, how you'll understand the rules in seconds, how it can't be squeezed into any particular genre, how it uses the limitations of a single screen to its advantage, how it provides just the right amount of luck, how winning can trigger a wave of pride and losing can be just as fun.
TowerFall succeeds at everything it attempts so spectacularly that, we're convinced, it is destined to be remembered as one of the best multiplayer games of all time.
- Rob Crossley
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Platforms: Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360
It's quite amazing how much gameplay variety a single match of Titanfall offers.
Whether you're a newcomer gunning down AI enemies, a thrill-seeking pilot double-jumping off rooftops and running along walls in the pursuit of a kill, or a strategically-minded player in the cockpit of a mech defending a capture point, Respawn's shooter is immensely rewarding at all times.
Unlike Call of Duty, which has become somewhat bloated, Titanfall's guns, perks and equipment feel selectively hand-picked. As a collection these weapons strike a delicate balance on the battlefield, and also invite players to develop an intimate understanding of each.
Let's not forget that primitive pleasure of firing a gun, which Respawn emulates so effectively, or the verticality of movement, or the awe-inspiring Titan drop, it's no wonder CVG's cumulative time spent playing Titanfall is well in the hundreds of hours.
- Tamoor Hussain
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
South Park Stick of Truth review
Very few games in the past forty years that have been as hilarious as South Park. Written by the show's creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it's easily one of the most tightly written and downright offensive things ever committed to disc. To give you an idea of what to expect, the censored version includes Nazi cows.
- Chris Scullion
Dark Souls 2
Developer: From Software
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Dark Souls 2 review
Dark Souls 2 is a game that evokes intensely powerful emotions; the wonder of exploring a strange and ominous land, gleaning fascinating nuggets of narrative from the description of innocuous items.
The unnerving trepidation of creeping through an unfamiliar area, unsure of where the daggers will come from, all the while hoping an always-raised shield will be enough to keep you alive.
The fear of seeing two enemies emerge from the shadows and advance on you and the desperation as health is chipped away. The hope when getting just enough space to drink from the Estus Flask, and the regret of taking that third, stupidly risky sword swing
Anger at losing thousands of souls in that moment of foolishness, and then the joy of persevering through it all to strike down a seemingly undefeatable foe.
The first Dark Souls was so special that it almost felt like From Software captured lightning in a bottle, that it was an experience that could never be replicated, let alone bettered. And yet, the studio somehow managed to conjure up some more magic for the sequel. In many ways, Dark Souls 2 is a superior game; undoubtedly one of the best games of the month and likely the year.
- Tamoor Hussain
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Developer: Kojima Productions
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes review
Yes it's short, but memories aren't cherished for their length.
Amid all its accolades, the most surprising accomplishment of Ground Zeroes is how fresh and light it feels. It's a long-overdue reinvention of the Metal Gear formula, cutting out every element that has made the series bloated in recent years.
This is open-world infiltration where gameplay hinges on the human eye as much as it does on handguns. The result is a more immediate and primitive approach, one which is exactly what Metal Gear needed to be memorable and exciting again.
- Rob Crossley
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