The Last of Us wins GameSpot's People's Choice game of the year

The PlayStation 3-exclusive trounces the competition in GameSpot users' voting for overall game of the year, easily beating out GTA 5 and BioShock: Infinite.

While the GameSpot editors' GOTY voting was an excruciatingly close race that involved extended debate, discussion, and argument, it looks like the People's Choice awards were no contest.

The Last of Us wins the GameSpot People's Choice game of the year award with an overwhelming 27% of the vote.

In a distant second was BioShock: Infinite with 15% and Grand Theft Auto V close behind with 14%.

GameSpot's own overall game of the year ended up going to The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The Last of Us won the PlayStation 3 game of the year, and BioShock Infinite was nominated for (but did not win) the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC game of the year.

Regardless, how do you feel about how the voting turned out? Did your own personal favorite end up on top, or was victory cheated away from Ni No Kuni or Assassin's Creed IV?

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LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

this game was great....and the only thing that has slightly downgraded my feelings about it since playing it was the fact that i got into The Walking Dead TV series late in 2013 on Netflix...i realized it's basically that show in video game form!  but when i first played the game i had never seen the show so i had no idea what it would be like.

senjutsu
senjutsu

Can't wait to play The Last of Us, I should receive it soon. I loved Ni No Kuni but it's not a game everybody could enjoy as it's not a shooter lol.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

Such a well deserved win. I thoroughly enjoyed GTA V, and Bioshock Infinite blew my mind, but nothing has ever come close to giving me the feeling that I had while playing the Last of Us.

swedensior
swedensior

It was hard to find this article is gs trying to hide it??

Etagloc
Etagloc

while I enjoyed this game very much I am glad I didn't buy it. I watched a lets play, it was a nice story and okey gameplay but thats it, 

Alex Kögel
Alex Kögel

List 5 publicly known games with a campaign longer or even close to 10 hours

Alex Kögel
Alex Kögel

Frederick Quatman Considering new games like Ghosts and BF4 only have 4 hour campaigns I would call TLoU Campaign long. And just fyi TLoU was a 12-16 hour campaign. 12 being you just plowed your way through and 16 being you took your time and really let in the world around you. I personally took about 14 hours.

Ramon Terrell
Ramon Terrell

I agree, Alex. While inwont say the game was extremely long, I found it to be a great size game nonetheless. As for the multiplayer, I thought it was quite well done as well. The game was an awesome experience for those who dont just plain hate sony and anything exclusive to it.

Frederick Quatman
Frederick Quatman

Since when is 10 hours considered a "long" campaign? It also followed a trend of tacked on multiplayer that offered no substance and DLC that should have been on the disc.

Subterfuge71
Subterfuge71

I didn't play many games last year, as I was too busy with other things, but of the few that I did play, Dead Space 3 was my favourite, followed closely by Darksiders 2

tightwad34
tightwad34

I played through the Last of Us and I will say it's a good game, but I don't see where the overwhelming love is coming from. Great Story and atmosphere as well as characters. But the big thing for me is gameplay and TLoU didn't have the best, not even close to the best. That is why Dark Souls is it for me. It has it all except for an overwhelmingly good story which is secondary anyway.

Leonid Steiner
Leonid Steiner

Tom McShea gave it an 8. ONE reviewer's opinion. ONE guy. I would have given it an 11 if I could but I dont understand why some people are obessed with review-scores."Buuhh, I dont agree. Whine.... cry cry cry"

jcknapier711
jcknapier711

There's something very dirty and deeply disturbing about pairing a 14 year old girl with a 40+ year old man.  It's just wrong on so many levels.

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

definitely deserved it, and lived up to the hype (imo exceeded it), which is hard to do in this day and age in the game industry

gdnmt
gdnmt

It's a deserving title for sure. Naughty Dog became my favorite modern developer w/ the Uncharted series but I would have been hard pressed not to vote for GTA V, if I would have voted in this. BI is a worthy contender too, but half a step behind TLOU IMO

Salik Mansuri
Salik Mansuri

You can see half part of his hat in the top right side of the image.

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

How did I not see this voting? I frequent Gamespot a lot; I'm baffled I didn't notice this. Very weird.

Victor Tamayo
Victor Tamayo

since there are more gta 5 fans gta won by numbers

RevLux
RevLux

LoZ: A Link Between Worlds was a great game but TLoU was simply a masterpiece of game mechanics and story telling. It was the first game to ever cause me to weep. (not counting the many times I've cried over annoyingly difficult NES games when I was just a lad)

ballsy7777
ballsy7777

infinite was okay but not same game shown at e3 2011 which sucks because that shit was awsome

Link592
Link592

Woah, didn't see that coming at all.

Daian
Daian

The true winner has prevailed, the people have spoken proving you've let nostalgia cloud your judgement and pick a handheld Zelda game. 


I mean seriously guys, of all the games this year you picked the 43135th Zelda, wth :).

naruto945
naruto945

@LilRoss2k3 TWD is a  comic firstly before a TV show thats where its story comes from for the most part and even then that story has been told before in other forms of media. Nothing new is being done in zombie storytelling period. TLOU still deserves its win for making the same concept feel fresh fun and new.

morgan_gibson87
morgan_gibson87

@LilRoss2k3Are you kidding? The Last Of Us has far superior story-telling and character development to the Walking Dead TV Series. Which, especially from Season 3 onwards, has become predictably ridiculous and fallen into cliche and stereotype.

hahamanin
hahamanin

@Etagloc watching a game and playing it is an entirely different experience imo

senjutsu
senjutsu

All my games (or almost) have a campain way longer than 10 hours... You want the names?
- Ni No Kuni (35 hours to finish, 76 hours to get Platinum)
- Final Fantasy 13 (30 hours to finish)
- Final Fantasy 13-2 (35 hours to finsh, 75 hours and still no Plat)
- Tales of Graces F (62 hours to finish, I won't even try Plat)
- Tales of Xillia (I finished the prologue, so I played about 12 hours lol)
- Metal Gear Solid IV (about 30 hours)
- Grand Theft Auto V (about 25 hours, Plat is way too long)
- Eternal Sonata (30 hours)
- Valkyria Chronicles (35 hours)
- Mass Effect 1
- Mass Effect 2
- Mass Effect 3
- Scyrim
- Any Atelier games
- Any Disgaea games
- Infamous 1
- Infamous 2
- Oblivion
- Any Dynasty/Samurai/etc Warriors games
- Red Dead Redemption
- GTA IV
- L. A. Noire
- Any Fallout games
- Any Assassin's Creed games
- Any Just Cause games
- etc, etc.

If you choose to play short games, it's your problem.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

For me it was the perfect length. It was just ling enough to convey the emotions and tell the story that it set out to, while never feeling like it was overstaying its welcome.

I stand by what I've told others. Campaign length really doesn't matter in the long run, or shouldn't at least. What matters is that the story is moving, and that it stocks with you.

Everyone only has to play Journey to sew what I mean.

xboxdone74
xboxdone74

My first playthrough took me 25 hrs.

Renegade__angel
Renegade__angel

The multiplayer is fantastic and well thought out. You sound like you're just following the crowd. And as for the campaign. It had to end at some point. But unlike most, there was never that part you dread playing. Every time I do a play though, I enjoy every bit.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

I don't really see it. I felt like the Last of Us had really solid, polished game play.

xboxdone74
xboxdone74

Dark souls wasn't released last year.

Throwmasta
Throwmasta

Dark Souls is one of my favorite games this gen...but it didn't come out this year. Also, the TLOU has very solid gameplay, if you experiment with all of your options. Too many people bash TLOU's gameplay, and I can only assume they either didn't play it or rushed through the game (many gamers have ADD and have to rush through games as quickly as possible). In short, TLOU doesn't have to have the best gameplay of this generation to be this year's game of the year. And the game as a whole, certainly deserves to be.

xboxdone74
xboxdone74

So you're admitting to your pedophilic tendencies. Thanks for the heads up. I'll forward your info to the authorities.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

Put yourself in the post-apocalypse mind of a 14 year old girl.  Are you gonna take your chances on a 15 year old kid with zits on his face, or a 40-something who looks like he knows how to handle weapons and find you food?

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

@jcknapier711 Yeah!  All those fathers out there should put an end to all those disgusting and highly inappropriate paternal relationships with their daughters!  Oh, wait a minute, that combination is seen in every culture around the world and is quite normal...

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Daian 

No, they chose what I believe is the 16th Zelda game, but I guess to you guys, each new Zelda (and Mario) counts as 300 entries.


Yes, nostalgia clouded their judgement, is that why A Link Between Worlds was also nominated for GOTY on almost every other major gaming site, nearly winning GameTrailers's GOTY? A Link Between Worlds only recently came out and has received FAR less hype than The Last of Us, GTA and Bioshock Infinite, so clearly when these kinds of polls come up, almost always will the games with the most hype that live up to their hype will get the most votes. 

Throwmasta
Throwmasta

Exactly, I already brought that up.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Throwmasta To me, Dark Souls is the standard when it comes to gameplay. TLOU is for sure a very, very well made game and it is way above just an average game. But I don't think it's anywhere close to the best or one of the best games this gen but I can respect other people's opinions. I guess all that really matters is that we enjoy what we play to the fullest. I see where you are coming from on rushing through the game, and hell yeah a lot of gamers have ADD. I know I do especially since I would rather read articles instead of watch a video. Easier to skim to what you want to read.

Throwmasta
Throwmasta

Well I tried to reply to this earlier, but I got screwed by a log in prompt and my message was lost :/. Anyway, are you saying TLOU doesn't deserve game of the year, by comparing it to Dark Souls...? If so, that is a null and void point. If you see Dark Souls as the standard for gameplay, I can't argue that. I put over 1000 hours in both Demons Souls and Dark Souls each. And MGS4 is the only game this gen that trumps them in the gameplay department. But of course the aforementioned ADDers will never discover that. Because in short, MGS4's gameplay requires creativity and experimentation with all of its options/gadgets in order to be fully realized. And I just don't see how it's fair to compare "insert game of the year" to Dark Souls. It's like saying no game that plays as well as Dark Souls deserves a game of the year award =).