Game of the Month, November 2012

Winner: Halo 4

Read the Halo 4 review

November can always be relied upon to have way too many games worth playing, and this year was no different. However, rising to the top--and a sure Game of the Year contender in its own right--is 343 Industries' Halo 4. The first non-Bungie installment in Microsoft's exclusive FPS franchise hits all the right notes: a satisfying single-player campaign, a sprawling competitive multiplayer arena, and a salubrious co-op experience. Salubrious probably isn't the right word there, but Halo 4's definitely in the right spot atop November's "Best of" list.

 Halo 4's gameplay exceeded expectations.

Runner-up: Hitman: Absolution

Read the Hitman: Absolution review

 And, for those wondering, here's how fast you can die in Hitman: Absolution.

Forgetting about Agent 47 is always a big mistake. Due to his propensity for skulking in the shadows. And murder. Mostly the murder. After an extended hiatus, the Hitman franchise returns at the top of its game. Expertly crafted assassination missions, ludicrous costume changes, and a really, really shiny bald head--Absolution has got it all.


  • tailsJacks - December 2, 2012 10:52 p.m.

    better if it was harder to die
  • talleyXIV - November 30, 2012 10:56 p.m.

    Avoiding the obvious choice of Black Ops 2 because that would be shallow.
  • shawksta - November 30, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    There were a ton of great games this month, i dont get Hitman Absolution, people love it, people hate it and im here in borderline who hasnt played it and wondering what all the hubub on the hate side is. Paper Mario Sticker Star was enjoyable, Black Ops 2 was very much what i expected Treyarch to usually do and beat Infinity ward, While i have been lacking Assassins Creed 3 where i have stopped i enjoyed it, and im still waiting for my backordered Wii U to arrive to which i heard very great things about NSMBU, and really want to play Nintendoland.
  • bass88 - December 1, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    I think this might illustrate the dislike for Hitman: Absolution. Here are levels from Silent Assassin; Contracts and Blood Money (these levels are representive of the games as a whole. Now here is the average level in Hitman: Absolution. And this is a level that at first appears to be like old Hitman but is far, far too small. As you can see, it's not a bad game. But it isn't Hitman, hence the disappointment.
  • bass88 - November 30, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    I don't like Halo. At all. It's a dull, monotonous shooter with illusions of grandeur. That said, I'm glad it beat Hitman: Absolution. Whatever misgivings I have about Halo, at least most fans are happy with the fourth installment. Hitman: Absolution is a major disappointment for Hitman fans. I think it's a good little stealth game. I even enjoy it more than I do Halo. But it doesn't even compare to the sadistic fun of Silent Assassin, Contracts and Blood Money.
  • Darkhawk - November 30, 2012 1:17 p.m.

    Zone of the Enders HD!
  • FordFiesta - November 30, 2012 1 p.m.

    Great games, though I admit that 2012 has been a pretty weak year for mainstream games. Indie games however... that is another story.
  • ZhugeLiang - November 30, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Persona 4 Golden for me!

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