Game of the Month – February
BioShock 2 (360, PS3, PC)
Publisher: 2K Games – Developer: 2K Marin
BioShock 2 had some high expectations after the original masterpiece. While it doesn’t quite live up to the first, it’s still worth going back to Rapture as Subject Delta, the first Big Daddy bonded to a Little Sister. BioShock 2 offers more weapons, tonics and plasmids to help gamers take on the mother of the Little Sisters. Multiplayer with a BioShock spin is also a welcome edition to keep the replay value high.
The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom (XBLA)
Publisher: 2K Games – Developer: The Odd Gentlemen
One part platformer, one part steampunk/silent film puzzler for mad scientists in training, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom follows the titular character through time as he tries to get all of the pies in each of the dementedly crafted levels, with graphics and music that complement the game’s unique style.
Game of the Month and its runner up are decided collaboratively by Pads & Panels staff. The choices are limited to the releases of a particular month, determined by U.S. release date. As always, it is based on the games we’ve had an opportunity to play, and not necessarily the entire field. It is designed as recommendation, an “If you’ve only got money for one game this month…” type of selection, rather than a definitive “Best of…” choice.