PS3 Game of the Month: May 2013
- Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 12:15 EDT by Michael Harradence
May’s wrapped, thus inexorably bringing us closer to that dreaded summer video games drought. Sure, there’s the odd gem scattered throughout the mix – such as the gorgeous-looking The Last of Us – but for the next couple of months we’re going to be met with a deluge of movie tie-ins and bargain bin dross. Still, with E3 just around the corner, we’ve plenty to get excited about, but before we do, let’s take a look back at May 2013’s offerings and see what you should have been spending your hard-earned cash on.
May proved fairly significant for PlayStation 3 exclusive titles, with DUST 514, the EVE-oriented online shooter finally breaking cover after a lengthy development cycle and copious beta testing. PSU.com actually spent a lot of time with CCP and the game over the past 18 months or so, and despite its shortcoming came away very impressed – even more so considering the fact DUST has a long, 10-year future ahead of it.
Capcom’s Resident Evil: Revelations also shambled into stores last month for its console debut. An enhanced port of the 3DS original, this oozes old-school survival horror charm, and features some extra goodies not included in the handheld version. Keeping in with the horror theme, Metro: Last Light also reared its head, bringing with it a healthy dose of pulse-pounding gunplay, superb lighting effects and spine-tingling gameplay.
Bringing up the rear is Wild West shooter Call of Juarez: Gungslinger, marking an excellent return to form for the franchise after the horrible misfire that was The Cartel, with racer GRID 2 also skidding into shops. Lastly, Fuse – the sci-fi shooter from Ratchet & Clank legends Insomniac Games – arrived in stores to a muted reception from critics and gamers alike. Indeed, it seems the developer’s first multiplatform title didn’t quite meet expectations, as you can tell from the rather tepid reviews and disappointing U.K. chart entry of 37.
So, a mixed month all in all, but filled with enough to keep you busy for another month or so (or in DUST’s case, the next decade). However, there can only be one winner, and after much discussion here at PSU Towers, we ultimately plumped for DUST 514. Yep, it has room to grow and there’s a few mishaps throughout, but overall, CCP Games’ ambitious shooter is a triumphant, engrossing effort that will keep you absolutely glued to your PS3’s for years to come.
Here’s what PSU.com’s resident DUST aficionado Alex Locher had to say in his review:
“To conclude, CCP's first shot at the shooter genre is an awesome and unique FPS game despite the teething problems introduced with Uprising. With CCP's commendable relationship with the gamers, bugs and issues are more easily identified and thanks to Sony's flexibility regarding updates and patches for the game, fixes can come a lot quicker than is normal for other retail titles. It's not just the bug reports that are heard either, there is a section in the official forums dedicated to requests and suggestions from the people who play the game. For those who wish it, they can not only play the game, but play their own part in helping the game improve by being active in the forums and giving their own feedback and suggestions.
If you are tired of the current FPS offerings or are getting burnt out on the annualised military FPS franchises, go download DUST for free from the PSN store today.”
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