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Game of the Year 2013

PS3 Game of the Year 2013 Winner

Check out which game we deemed the best for the PS3 this year.

Ellie is a remarkably well-adjusted teenager. Her maturity and resiliency as society crumbles beneath her feet and as everyone she cares about dies a horrible death are heartening, but it's not her strength that makes The Last of Us so important. Rather, it's how this PlayStation 3-exclusive drew us into this bleak world and made us develop a strong emotional connection to the nomadic residents trying to survive in the only ways they know how. We understood what it would be like to live with so much crushing despair, and as we saw people react like the animals they are, we questioned what we would do if the tables were turned.

Would we lose our humanity? Or would we mirror Ellie, whose hope is never extinguished and who accepts setbacks with renewed vigor instead of losing her sanity?

Remarkably, The Last of Us takes the tension and desperation of the single-player campaign and translates it beautifully into competitve multiplayer. As you scavenge for scarce ammunition and craft makeshift weapons, the threat of a swift, violent death is everpresent, and there are consequences that ripple beyond each match.

The rough immediacy of the multiplayer and the emotional depth of the campaign ensure that The Last of Us leaves a lasting impression on everyone who has played it. It's tense because life is presented as the fragile glass it really is, scary because we're never sure whom to trust, and optimistic because, as long as you're alive, there's always a chance to make things right.

Discussion

1109 comments
Foxxkp
Foxxkp

Beyond: Two Souls???

_Judas_
_Judas_

A good decision, GameSpot. The Only decision in my mind...

neroist
neroist

My personal ps3 GOTY was Ni No Kuni. It surprises me as well, as I despise modern JRPGs but was very moved by it.

matthova
matthova

Tomb Raider was just as good mane

50000gil
50000gil

xxxx should be GOTY not that xxxxxx xxxx!! :'/ 


wizardboyus
wizardboyus

oh man and the music arrangements/compositions are beautiful

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

the one game this year that made me shed a tear or two...

pawnie
pawnie

'Beyond Two souls' not even among the top 10 ?!? You must be joking ....

shadowroy64
shadowroy64

Only scored an 8 on gamespot? o.o its 10/10 for sure!

Although I hate Naughty Dog for throwing Nintendo under the bus all the time, I have to say, this is a perfect game. perfect.

Atermi
Atermi

Great choice! I am so happy cuz almost all winners are my personal favs, too.

Except PC with Path of Exile. There were better games, of course.


I agree with TLoU being the overall game of the year.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Last of Us is my overall game of the year.


While many criticize it for not having super-innovative gameplay, I find that it's still extremely polished and has some of the most satisfying combat of any game I've played. Tossing a brick to stun an enemy, then sprinting at them and bashing them with a melee weapon while yelling "EAT A D***!" never gets old.

2Black2Strong
2Black2Strong

Imagine what ND is going to do with next gen technology?

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

Definitely the best game this year! Its mature and thoughtful and its proper survival horror to. Everyone should play this game.

Zevvion
Zevvion

I'm surprised. I thought they would have picked GTAV. I think the gameplay in The Last of Us isn't great, but the gameplay in GTAV is just bordering on bad at times. I would pick The Last of Us over GTAV as well.

justerthought
justerthought

This game is truly special. It rises above all others. Best PS3 2013 for sure, but I think it's also the best game across all platforms 2013 and it could have been the best game of this whole current generation if it had included an Uncharted type coop survival mode to increase the replay value. It's a game you will never forget for the rest of your life.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Justice! :')


Thank god for that decision.


Deserved that title without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best titles of the generation never mind the year.

Redrivar
Redrivar

Hats off to Mcshea for having the gumption to wade into this cesspool of ignorance to defend himself to you mud ducks.

cboye18
cboye18

My GOTY would be rayman legends.

LoveBird-
LoveBird-

A GAME OF THE YEAR game should not have a score of 8.0. Pick one.


Personally, NNK was my game of the year. It was the game that was very well-executed and more than gave us a breath of fresh air

joeboosauce
joeboosauce

So, if The Last of Us beat out GTA V on PS3 and GTA V was GOTY on X360, wouldn't the logical choice for overall GOTY be TLOU?

XolrecX
XolrecX

TLOU has story, gameplay, and least importantly graphics in the bag.  One of my favorite titles that I played through this year.  GTA V was a blast, but the story does not hold a stick to TLOU in my opinion.


If it was not TLOU I would have been totally fine with GTA V taking it.

doubl3dge
doubl3dge

Great choice. I actually started playing this last week, and it really got me in a way that Diablo3 didn't. And hell, I've just started!

subrawk
subrawk

i personally felt tom mcshea's reviewing got really cynical midway through this year to be honest. Realizing that, i personally took his reviews in with a grain of salt. After playing this game once, i couldn't deny this game was probably the game of this gen for me.

halremawa
halremawa

Doesn't tom's review reflect GS opinion of the game? If it didn't they should have clearly indicated this is tom's review, and not that of GS. They didn't do that from what I can tell, they let tom speak for them all. They then do a u-turn and proclaim it a better game then many others they gave higher scores. 


They should fix their system, simple. This affects the lives of those involved in making these games, as well as the general direction of the industry. Or do you think negative reviews help the cause of sequels/games that make similar innovations? Not to mention discourage folk who trust GS that would have missed a gem they would have liked from getting it..


This is obvious, no?

ShadowsDemon
ShadowsDemon

I doubt Mr. McShea was very pleased at this decision. Oh well, too bad for him.

rad8045
rad8045

Last of us for story of the year for sure, but for me personally just a good story isn't enough for a video game to be game of the year.

FTB_Screamer
FTB_Screamer

 But its still an 8 /10 game right? RIGHT? Please tell me it is, otherwise how can I take GS score seriously???? /sarcasm

StephenSays
StephenSays

Troll of the year Definitely goes to Tom .#$! Mcshay Well done sir you manage to say a game gets an 8 but then it wins game of the year.  How do you feel.  Well we all know not to trust anything you say.  Go ahead and retire now, a job well done.  ____en TroLL.

Tom McTrollen.

thirdson1812
thirdson1812

i found bioshock infinite and god of war ascension really disappointing compared to the previous games in the series.

thirdson1812
thirdson1812

The last of us and gta 5 were definitely high competitors with each other.

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

Really tried to like this game, but just couldn't.  I think beyond was better, bioshock was waayyy better but it's cross platform so i wouldn't even put it in the nominations honestly, and i really need to check out ni no kuni

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

I love how people are still so focused on the 1-10 rating, such a joke.


The only thing that's important in the review is the pros and cons, and ultimately the Last of Us deserved the win. I love GTA 5, just as much as I love the Last of Us, Tomb Raider, and Bioshock Infinite. The latter three however are still in my mind weeks, months even, after finishing them. They stick in the mind because they were original, in game play and/or story, and because they had strong characters that you truly cared about.


I'm sure many people feel that exact way about GTA 5 and similar games, but I'm certain there are far more that just enjoyed GTA 5 simply because it was great fun, and when pressed would vote for games such as the Last of Us because they have that one extra quality that sets them above the rest.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Way better than the VGX they gave an award to a broken game.. again.

Bifcake
Bifcake

@joeboosauce But it's Zelda. That felt good saying it so I'll say it again. A Nintendo handheld game won goty.

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

@halremawa no. reviewers have minds and opinions of their own. it's their articles. gamespot publishes them. their consensus opinoin is that this is (and rightly so) is the ps3 GOTY

rad8045
rad8045

@FTB_Screamer Because not all the staff get together each review and work out it's score, If you got each reviewer to give there personal scores, they would all be different. but I suppose most of you guys on here only see in black and white.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

@thirdson1812 I think most people felt that way. Personally I found the story in Infinite to be breath-taking, once you finish it, and not to mention the whole sky hook mechanic. I think a lot of people just felt that the gameplay and setting in the first two were better.

TomMcShea
TomMcShea moderator

@HonorOfGodWait, what game are you talking about? They didn't give Skyrim another award, did they?

LoveBird-
LoveBird-

@TomMcShea@LoveBird-I feel like the score of an 8.0 contradicts what a game labeled "Game of the Year" is supposed to be. An 8.0 is great. But "great" isn't in the same class "game of the year". Get my drift?


I have no issue with TLOU getting game of the year (even though I don't think it deserves it). I just feel like since it got GOTY its review score should be 9.0 then, or higher.

halremawa
halremawa

@Cartr1dgeBased@halremawa 

Exactly where do I state the reviewers are zombies of some sort or the other? Can you address the issue?

My point is very simple, they should make the distinction clear. "This review does not reflect the opinions of GS, just those of McShea". You do see that on other sites, no?

mcawesome0
mcawesome0

@LoveBird- you do know that the ongoing battle is between last of us and GTA with that being said it won best ps3 game of the year because of that and it is exclusive