March 30, 2007 - With all the videogames released each and every month, it can be a difficult task to decide on which title to spend your hard-earned money. Granted, you could always go by our review scores alone and weed through the long list of names to find something that scored high or low, but what if you had somewhere else to turn?
Rather than wait until the end of the year for our big award blowout, your friends here at IGN.com have decided to employ a monthly tribute to the weeks that were. We've resolved to illustrate to our readers what we thought was the very best game for each system in the past month, and tell you the reason why.
Though some of us often chime in with our comments at the end of reviews, for the most part, the reviews on IGN are primarily written by one editor; in this feature we get all of the editors on a particular channel to vote for a single title. What better way to represent a team is there than to speak your collective minds at once?
How does it work? It's simple. Any game released in the past month is eligible for the award and is taken through a battery of tests by every editor on that particular channel. After we've finished evaluating each game we put our heads together and decide on a single "best of" winner that's worthy of the title "IGN Game of the Month." Pretty straightforward, don't you think?
Now that we have the guidelines out of the way, let's move on, and congratulate this month's winner...
Why We Picked It: Dominator is a throwback to many of the classic elements that made the Burnout series so great. Burnouts and drifting are major parts of the game, and instead of focusing on crashing into vehicles, the tracks are designed for fast sprints from one point to another. With the inclusion of Signature Shortcuts, players can literally change the landscape of the game's courses, and the addition of Maniac mode pushes your reckless driving skills to the limit. Throw in some six player Ad Hoc support and downloadable content, and you'll see why Dominator burned the competition at the starting line.
Readers' Game of the Month: Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Developed by Vicious Cycle
Published by D3 Publisher
Reader Review quote: "I normally would think that an RPG/Puzzle game would go as well together as bananas an ketchup, but instead it works like bread and butter."(Read the full review)
-- submitted by Yaholo
After Burner: Black Falcon
Developed by Planet Moon
Published by SEGA
Why We Picked It: It's been twenty years since the original After Burner was released in arcades, and few console releases for the series have managed to capture the original's classic shoot'em up flair. Black Falcon manages to channel the spirit of the arcade title into the PSP, with 24 levels of missile firing, chain gun blasting action. With 15 different gets, multiple skins and upgradable weapons, as well as a large number of enemies thrown at you, Black Falcon restores the quarter munching days of the '80s.
Other Games Worth Noting in January:
UEFA Championship League 2006-2007
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku
March may have been relatively light with its notable titles, but April should be somewhat stronger, with an extremely diverse lineup of titles for players to enjoy. Puzzle fans will have both Cube and 7 Wonders to look forward to, while RPG enthusiasts will be able to look forward to Valhalla Knights and Aedis Eclipse: Generation of Chaos. Both the Fast and the Furious and Hot Wheels Ultimate Racing crops up for racing fans, and action fans will get ready to reverse time with Prince of Persia of Persia: Rival Swords. Which one takes the Game of the Month title for April? Check back next month for the answer.
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