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Game of the Month - May 2014 - Super Time Force

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See our Game of the Month winner for May 2014
It's about time.

Before we delve into the incredible experiences we were treated to in May, let's first award a trophy to something a little larger. Even though we've had a steady stream of excellent games demanding our attention since January, it wasn't until May that both the diversity and quality of releases made us squeal with joy. So the Month of the Year award goes to May, for giving us something marvelous every week.

So what games demanded our love, though didn't quite reach the heights of the month's winner? Well, things started with the competitive delights of Sportsfriends. Try not to laugh with befuddlement as you wildly contort your body in Super Pole Riders or succumb to the watery depths in BaraBariBall. And if you want something more cerebral, there's the beautiful Transistor, which houses one of the finest soundtracks around. Wolfenstein: The New Order provides another tonal shift, as Nazis meet their long-coming death, and Watch Dogs introduces you to a side of Chicago that's much creepier than reality.

Which leads us to our two finalists. The runner-up? Mario Kart 8. It was painful keeping Koopa Troopa and company from reaching the checkered flag. Mario Kart 8 is so blindingly fun that we'll be playing it for years to come, but it's still only second best.

The winner is Super Time Force. We know that you're surprised, and we certainly didn't expect Capybara's time-bending shooter to land in the top spot, either. But the more we talked about how crazy, inventive, and satisfying this game is, the more clear it became that it deserved to be number one.

At first, Super Time Force gets by on its ridiculous story and novel time mechanic. Being able to rewind your actions so you can fight alongside your past self is so darn intriguing that we were immediately sucked in. Super Time Force is so much more than one great idea, though. Although you can often use brute force to succeed, when you push yourself to be more proficient, a beautiful elegance emerges. Working in tandem with your previous characters creates a smart dynamic in which you must use completely different play styles simultaneously, maybe powering through with Jef Leppard while being a defensive rock as Shieldy Blockerson.

It was not until we vanquished the shocking end boss that Super Time Force really opened up, though. Once you unlock Super Hardcore mode, you see the full potential of this brilliant game. No longer can you use brute force to survive. Instead, every life matters, so you must play with patience and precision, even while the clock is ticking to your doom. It's this mode that pushes the initial concept farther than we thought possible, and that turned us completely to Super Time Force's side.

Like a flash of hope, May burst upon us with more amazing games than we could ever have imagined. We haven't even mentioned the likes of Kentucky Route Zero or The Wolf Among Us yet, which furthered their already mesmerizing stories. Who would have thought the month before E3 would make us care so much about the present rather than wonder what the future holds? But that's what May had in store for us, and Super Time Force was the best of the bunch.

Discussion

126 comments
jecomans
jecomans

Wolfenstein: The New Order is easily my half-year GOTY candidate. I also think a game from May which deserves a mention is Ascendant on PC; an absolutely fantastic rogue-lite platformer. 

faizanhd
faizanhd

You guys should try Wolfenstein: The New Order. His a pretty cool guy. He stabs da nazis and doesn't afraid of anything.

OneHundredPunks
OneHundredPunks

As much as I couldn't care less about this game, I really like that Gamespot doesn't just automatically give awards to the biggest AAA release of the month.

ztype85
ztype85

Not even a mention for Tropico 5? Say it ain't so Tom

Daian
Daian

Wth? I could have sworn u guys loved Transistor. Or Wolfenstein. Or MK8. Or Watch Dogs. Essentially everything but this.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

Game is not my cup of tea but there are a lot of crazies writing it off just because "8-bit and indie, so it must be for hipsters and lamewads"...   might be right up your alley, all you nay-sayers...

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Impressive choice....great 2D game , but I never thought it would win this award. Gutsy move Gamespot, as a fan of old school 2D games, I tip my hat to you. 

Jasurim
Jasurim

Well...to each their own.

Zork_Wesker
Zork_Wesker

Actually, a lot of the Triple AAA releases this month have not been all that great, if you really think that they were, you either have low standards, or don't play many games or you haven't been gaming long enough. Mario Kart 8  is probably the only one that's really of any good quality. However, Transistor and Super Time Force are fresh and unique games.

All these comments just make me curious as to what a lot of people's criteria is for great games. Do they just have to be major, over budgeted console releases? Does gameplay really not matter to a lot of you anymore?

adsparky
adsparky

My vote goes to Transistor.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

An 8 bit indie game? Fitting it's this one because the industry is going backwards

Dumper1
Dumper1

Oh dear, the kids are upset again.

Kusimeka
Kusimeka

Game of the month not Mario Kart 8? Seriously?

julianboxe
julianboxe

Wolfstein is ok. Its not that great though... Campaing for me was easy on Death Incarnate and its also short, not many enemies kinds, too much time NOT shooting stuff (come on, diving and hiddeout parts are a chore).


Hower, the gun show in it is great. 

shahdeewasahoe
shahdeewasahoe

Game of the month is hands down the new Wolfenstein. And Tom Mc Shea is such a hipster.

VIP-Jerry
VIP-Jerry

This column should be called "joke of the month"...

GoldenElementXL
GoldenElementXL

Gamespot editors and Gamespot users could not be more different. Your game of the month of May is more proof. That may have something to do with the slide in users numbers and activity. I've been here for 10 years and hate to see this site the way it is now. There is nothing wrong with liking different games. But maybe having " Game of the Month" and then pissing everyone off isn't very smart.

wolfman8325
wolfman8325

I'd expect nothing less  from the site that gave game of the month to OlliOlli, and to 2 hour long DLC! 


Goooooooooo Gamespot!


Seriously though . . . not giving gotm to either MK8 or Watchdogs, is the equivalent of a a great band putting out a great album, and all the hipsters preferring something else because it's too mainstream.


Think about it, who is gonna remember Super Time Force in t-minus 1 month, yet people are going to playing, talking about and loving MK8 for years! And Watchdos is the first game in a potential new franchise! A franchise which could become huge!


They also deliberately did it to boost site hits and start discussion, its always so blatant when Gamespot are going for hits rather than journalistic credibility . . . you'll notice they occasionally give big AAA titles really odd and unfair scores like Skyward Sword & The Last of US to boost traffic. 


These peculiar game of the month choices are attempting to achieve exactly that, they're fooling nobody!


And I'm not surprised its from Tom Mcshea either, this is his forte . . . throw a curve ball into the mix to try and get hits, even if he knows its wrong!


lol


Nice try Tom


GAME OF THE MONTH IS MARIO KART 8 (or watchdogs)

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

My May games...

Titanfall DLC was incredible - the 3 maps are genius and I don't even mind having to play random game modes.

Wolfenstein omitting any multiplayer was a mistake and a disservice to gamers. It's good, but it lacks value and replayability. I'll pick it up in a bargain bin at some point.

Mario Kart 8 is a fun and polished game, but it lacks innovation. Online is in there, but limited interaction with players feels like you're playing offline.

Haven't done any research on Transistor as I don't own a PS4 so I can't accurately comment on it.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

I guess if 2015 is going to be the "Year of the Delayed 2014 Releases", 2014 must be the "Year of the Delayed 1987 Releases".

garysingh34
garysingh34

Not that I think STF isn't worthy of this award, but it feels like indie games get 'positive discrimination' when up against AAA titles. It might be warranted to level the playing field - David v Goliath and all - and its all very subjective anyway but I think most people that have experienced all these games would say MK8 is the best game of May. Far be it for me or anyone to determine this conclusively however and so GS should qualify their title to this as Gamespot's game of the month and not game of the month. Either that or let viewers vote on a poll.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Oh well, it's easily Mario Kart 8 for me, as I don't really like 2D shooters.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

STF is something that tried to do something new.


Mario Kart 8 is just Mario Kart 64 with better graphics, as every Mario Kart game has been except Double Dash

carolino
carolino

hell > hearth > paradise > kindergarden


tom mc shea ideals


Suaron_x
Suaron_x

Okay, so that's nice and all, but I'm more interested in the winner from May 2014 instead of May 1994.

bledsoe45sbc
bledsoe45sbc

STF is deserving of the honor , its a great game in what was a month of great games ,tough choice .

TomMcShea
TomMcShea moderator

@Daian We love lots of games. Not Watch Dogs, though.

ffspyda
ffspyda

@wolfman8325 lol gamers and their theories SMH why must everything be some sneaky conspirators act for some secret agenda,really, if you feel mk8 and watch_dogs deserved it, then fine, let it be "your  game of the month" but seriously don't go around accusing this site or any other for having a different opinion.

ffspyda
ffspyda

@garysingh34 To be fair, i believe its suppose to be seen that way (gamespot's GOTM)

mattress805
mattress805

That's because there is little to NO creativity inAAA games. There's more creativity in one independent title than all the AAA games thyear. IMO

Renoo27
Renoo27

@garysingh34 I dunno. I think it's supposed to be a given that these are Gamespot's choices. 

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

It's 'edgy' - kinda like how that PS3 indi game that won GotY last year.

Bread_or_Decide
Bread_or_Decide

@Thanatos2k STF tried something NEW? Umm its pretty much old school contra mixed with Braid with 8 bit graphics.


How is that in any way new? 

Rotondi
Rotondi

@Thanatos2k Thanatoas2k's thought process:   First say something relevant, then follow that with something negative about Nintendo that is irrelevant and untrue.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

It's as if DD never happened.

wEEman33
wEEman33

@Suaron_x So which 2D shooter from 1994 has cloning and time manipulation?

warriors30
warriors30

@Suaron_x Don't judge the game based on its graphics. You don't like the art style? That's fine, but the time manipulation mechanics/player cloning and all that wasn't possible in 1994. Not even close.

It is a modern game.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Bread_or_Decide  Whaaat,  seriously dude?  It's 2D and uses a time-altering mechanic so it's like Braid...?!  No...  just no.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Rotondi @Thanatos2k The article says the runner up was Mario Kart 8.  I said why it didn't win.  It was both relevant AND true, but not to fanboys, apparently.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Rotondi

Gotta love their obsessive hatred for an entertainment company. 

Rotondi
Rotondi

@Thanatos2k @Rotondi There were other games on the list too which didn't win, yet you still chose Mario Kart to diss.  This is a list praising the games mentioned in the article.  Mario Kart 8 wasn't a runner up because it was only Mario Kart 64 with better graphics. I could sit here and explain how Mario Kart 8 is not Mario Kart 64 with better graphics, but I think these differences are obvious and you can figure them out for yourself either by A) playing both games OR B) doing some research into both games.  Self discovery is still cool.  

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Rotondi @Thanatos2k Mario Kart 8 was listed as one of two finalists.  That's why I was talking about it and not other games.


You sound mad that Mario Kart didn't win.  It'll be ok, I assure you.

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