Game of the Month, December 2011: Infinity Blade 2

December was an incredible month on the App Store. We handed out several well-deserved Must Have ratings to games, including Trenches II, Sleepy Jack, Bug Princess, Grand Theft Auto III, Sonic CD, The Adventures of Tintin, Bejeweled, and Mini Motor Racing. But there can only be one Game of the Month, and this month it’s Infinity Blade II, the incredibly deep and nuanced action RPG from Chair Entertainment.

Infinity Blade II takes everything that was great about the original and turns it up a notch. The environment is bigger this time around, the swipe-based fighting is deeper, and the story has been significantly fleshed out. The attention to detail is even more apparent in everything from the inventory system to the dazzling graphics.

More than that, it’s obvious that this game was designed from the ground up to feel at home on a touchscreen. If you ported Infinity Blade II to any platform with traditional control input, the game would feel shoe-horned in. It’s great to see a developer so talented devote all of their creative energy into making an incredible game for iOS. If you enjoyed the original, you’ll love the sequel.

Our runner-up for Game of the Month is Grand Theft Auto III, by Rockstar Games. It blows our minds that a game whose size and scope shocked PlayStation 2 owners when it came out 10 years ago has been ported to our cell phones. Every inch of Liberty City is present in this port, as are the professionally-voiced characters and nostalgia-inducing radio stations. Grand Theft Auto III is nothing short of a masterpiece, and the iOS port does it justice in just about every way possible.

Congratulations to Chair Entertainment and Rockstar Games for bringing us two of the best titles to be released this month!