November 30, 2006 - 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, we've created this monthly tribute to the weeks that were. We've united as one in an effort to tell our readers what we thought was the very best game for each system in the past month, and then 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: Insomniac kicked off its PlayStation 3 career with a bang (literally) thanks to its alternative history shooter, Resistance: Fall of Man. Set in an era that saw an unknown species called "The Chimera" overtake most of Europe in the '30s and '40s, Resistance pits American sergeant Nathan Hale against hordes of evil beasties with one thing on their mind -- complete takeover. Among its many standout features, the game includes such options as a two-player co-op mode, 20 single-player chapters, a diverse lineup of period (and alien) weapons, and 40-player online support that comes complete with a full ranking system and various match types. It's the must-have launch title to rule them all.
Runner-Up NBA 2K7
Developed by Visual Concepts
Published by 2K Sports Why We Picked It: It was the best basketball game of 2006 to begin with, but NBA 2K7 is even better on PlayStation 3. Why? Because in addition to the same isolated post play moves, 24/7 Next street modes, and shot Stick Pro control that made the 360 version cool, the PS3 edition also benefits from full 5-on-5 online functionality and a tilt-powered free throw system. How rockin' is that?
The PlayStation 3's first official month had a real winner in Resistance and some solid secondary titles to back it up. Next month, however, closes out 2006 with a number of new downloadable titles (including flOw and Lemmings 2), the long-awaited Sony version of Fight Night Round 3, and SEGA's own Full Auto 2. Which one will be the best of the bunch? The answer in 31 days...