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Game of the month, February 2012

Winner: SSX

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It took a little while for EA’s reboot of SSX to “click” with us, but once it did the controller-throwing, rage-inducing, tricky snowboarding ascended to another level. It’s as if we were suddenly gifted with a new set of eyes, ones that were capable of scanning the snowy, icy, rocky cliffs to see beyond the basic geometry. Rocks? They’re just ramps to burst off of at absurd speeds. Icy ridges? Pipes to grind on. Snow? Cushions to pad our fall after we tumble hundreds of feet through the air, spinning around while executing ridiculous tricks.

From the way the world is warped and rocked after a massive trick to the stellar soundtrack (supplemented by a wonderful remix of Run D.M.C.’s classic “It’s Tricky”), SSX hits the slopes hard, providing one of the best extreme sports experiences in recent memory. We’re not too sure if it bests SSX 3 for the “best in the series” crown, but it definitely comes close, and the inclusion of the brilliant autolog system means we’ll be competing with friends and shredding down the deadly descents for many, many months to come.



Runner-up: Lumines: Electronic Symphony

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At face value, it really doesn’t look like Q? Entertainment changed much with the Vita launch title. Under the hood, however, numerous elements have been reworked and modified, creating what is undoubtedly the best Lumines experience yet. The inclusion of avatars and new block abilities add just enough complexity to deeply affect the tactics without undermining what makes Lumines fun, and the new soundtrack is likely the best to date, including classics like The Chemical Brothers’ “Hey Boy, Hey Girl,” and Aphex Twin’s “Windowlicker. ” New skins, strong leaderboard support, and wonderfully clean graphics take Lumines from a typical puzzler to an addiction we’re not looking to give up.

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10 comments

  • mbowserjr - March 2, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    Game of the month? Should be the game of the year. If anyone is debating whether to get this game or pass, GET IT! You won't be disappointed!
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 2, 2012 12:49 a.m.

    WTF is this blasphemy? Twisted Metal is the greatest game of all time.
  • Shinard - March 3, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    Maybe not, but I certainly thought it was the best this year so far. Should have gotten a shout, at least.
  • therawski - March 1, 2012 8 a.m.

    Nice to see you guys made the cover!
  • JokerJ0613 - February 29, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    Wow, now I REALLY want SSX. :D
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - February 29, 2012 4:43 p.m.

    DARKNESS II? KINGDOMS OF AMALUR? BEAT BY LUMINES!!?!
  • shawksta - February 29, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    SSX? Hell yeah. Although i didnt buy a Vita (Yet) so my runner up is Rhythm heaven Fever, that games Rhythmically awesome!
  • samsneeze - February 29, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Didn't KoA:R come out this month? Yeah... Was that game really so disappointing to not get a mention? And beat out by Lumines even? I don't want to live on this planet anymore! On the other hand, from what I've played of SSX so far it's pretty fun.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - February 29, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    Kingdoms of Amalur would probably be our runner-up to the runner-up, but Lumines gets second billing as our favorite PS Vita game in a month that was very much about the PS Vita.
  • Kieran712 - February 29, 2012 5:54 p.m.

    Reasonable reason is reasonable :)

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