PSXE Game Of The Year Awards 2013
No more discussing; let's just get right to it-
Game of the Year
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- The Last Of Us
- Gran Turismo 6
- Bioshock Infinite
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Tomb Raider
Winner: The Last Of Us
Okay, so we probably didn't surprise you this time. But it's a testament to the greatness of The Last Of Us that it still won relatively easily, despite the likes of Bioshock Infinite and Grand Theft Auto V. From start to finish, the gripping, desperate, post-apocalyptic adventure kept us playing, through awful yet necessary psychological adaptations and transformations. At no point did we feel taken out of the experience; the pacing was nigh-on flawless, the third-person action had weight but remained immaculately responsive, the sense of urgency was incredible, and the story and characters put the bow on this amazing package.
It's also worth noting that TLoU was a very important game in a number of ways. Firstly, the combination of standard third-person action and a survival/horror mechanic was unique and intoxicating. It pressured us to be vigilant but above all else, it kept us on edge. That's precisely what Joel and Ellie would've felt, right? Constant pressure to survive. Secondly, as we noted earlier with Ellie winning Best Character, gaming really needed a female role that was identifiable, honorable, sympathetic, but above all else, realistic. When we look back in coming years, I'm sure we'll look to Ashley Johnson's performance and Naughty Dog's character creation as revolutionary for the industry.
Also, don't forget about Bill, the character GLAAD just honored as one of the "most intriguing new LGBT characters in 2013." It's yet another reason to respect and honor Naughty Dog's tremendous achievement. It had its flaws; the AI could be questionable and the story was somewhat predictable but other than that, this was a stunning production. Drop-dead visuals, convincing and professional acting, challenging and emotional gameplay, and a singularly compelling environment; this one had it all. In fact, TLoU felt "next-gen" before the new generation even got here. And given the lackluster PS4 and Xbox One launches, TLoU seems even more remarkable.
When we sit, perched on the edges of our seats, anxiously anticipating the next turn of events, we're taking part in a memorable virtual adventure. The Last Of Us gripped us faster, harder and more relentlessly than any other game in 2013 and as such, it's our Game of the Year winner. Well, couple that with all the aforementioned reasons. ;)
Happy New Year to everyone and here's to a great 2014!
1/2/2014 PSXE Staff