Game of the Month, October 2012

Winner: Dishonored

Read the Dishonored review

October was a month full of big games, and undoubtedly, you had some tough choices to make regarding what to buy and play. Among a very strong roster of releases, none stood out as strongly as Dishonored, a dazzling game that takes huge risks at a time in the life of our current-gen consoles when you don't see so many new IPs drop. Its stealth action approach is enthralling and the world of Dunwall is lively and engaging. It's a stout single-player game that's absolutely worth playing.

From its tense action to its awesome hero, make sure you carve out some time for Dishonored.

Runner up: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Read the XCOM: Enemy Unknown review

The follow-up to 1994's strategy PC classic, XCOM: Enemy Unknown puts you in charge of an international coalition working to save humanity from a threat of alien takeover of Earth. Between the fragile alliances and the attachment you'll feel to your squadmates--you must name them, after all--it's a game that organically weaves together tough decisions and enthralling gameplay.


  • Stabby_Joe - November 1, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    Seeing the choice was between these two great games, it's correct to say it was not only a good month but a good one for surprises: a new IP and a reboot with care.
  • Corsair89 - November 1, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    October was a great month. Dishonored is easily my GotY and both XCOM and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward are excellent.
  • Redeater - November 1, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    I'm really hoping the Thief 4 team sees the success that Dishonored has had. It's extremely nice to know that in a world of CODs and BFs, other type of FPS are allowed a small bit of success.
  • Unoriginal - November 1, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    So I finished a pacifist run on Dishonored yesterday and am currently working on a Classic Ironman playthrough on Xcom. I think there is definitely more enjoyment and long asting entertainment value in Xcom and it might be my game of the year (That or Mass Effect) while Dishonored just... I don't know. Something just didn't click for me.
  • avantguardian - November 1, 2012 9:01 p.m.

    i'm with ya. xcom was such a breath of fresh air, and reminded me why i fell in love with games in the first place. the ai can be ridiculously cheap, but damn, every victory is earned. classic is tough enough, i don't even want to imagine insane. how's ironman working out for you? everything i've heard about dishonored from those i know (non critics) who've played it echoes your sentiment. it's how i've felt about the bioshock series. everything about it screams awesome, but something just seems to be missing. i also have a tough time justifying $60 for a 12-15 hour game these days.
  • ObliqueZombie - November 1, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    This month was simply amazing. Dishonored might be my Game of the Year.
  • kyle94 - November 1, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    Can I pay your website in walnuts? Since i consider that a form of payment.
  • bass88 - November 1, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    No. But their prices are pratically peanuts.
  • DylaCoughli - November 1, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    I love Dishonored, easily my game of the year so far
  • hestar - November 1, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    I haven't played either but I'm loving me some virtue's last reward :)

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