The Last of Us wins GDC game of the year award

The PS3-exclusive The Last of Us took top honors at the 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards.

GDC may still have another two days, but as usual, Wednesday ends with the Game Developers Conference awards show. Chosen by the Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Board, here are the winners and nominees. And in case you missed them, the show also handed out awards to the best indie games of 2013. Papers, Please took top honors, but you can read that full list here.

Game of the Year

  • Winner:
    • The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
    Nominees:
  • Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)
  • Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo/Nintendo)
  • Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix)

Innovation Award

  • Winner:
    • Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
  • Nominees:
  • DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
  • Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)
  • Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)
  • The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Best Audio

  • Winner:
    • BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games)
  • Nominees:
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Games)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)
  • Saints Row IV (Volition/Deep Silver)
  • Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

Best Debut

  • Winner:
    • The Fullbright Company (Gone Home)
  • Nominees:
  • Blue Manchu (Card Hunter)
  • Galactic Cafe (The Stanley Parable)
  • Squad (Kerbal Space Program)
  • Undead Labs (State Of Decay)

Best Design

  • Winner:
    • The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
  • Nominees:
  • Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo/Nintendo)
  • Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix)

Best Downloadable Game

  • Winner:
    • Papers, Please
  • Nominees:
  • Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (Starbreeze/505 Games)
  • Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)
  • Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
  • Resogun (Housemarque/Sony)
  • The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • Winner:
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
  • Nominees:
  • DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Ridiculous Fishing (Vlambeer)
  • Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

Best Narrative

  • Winner:
    • The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
  • Nominees:
  • Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (Starbreeze/505 Games)
  • Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)
  • Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix)
  • The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Best Technology

  • Winner:
    • Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)
  • Nominees:
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (Guerrilla Games/Sony)
  • Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

Best Visual Art

  • Winner:
    • BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games)
  • Nominees:
  • DmC: Devil May Cry (Ninja Theory/Capcom)
  • The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch (Level 5/Namco Bandai)
  • Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

And a few other awards:

  • Audience Award Winner: Kerbal Space Program
  • Lifetime Achievement Winner: former chairman and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Ken Kutaragi
  • Pioneer Award Winners: League of Legends creators Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill
  • Ambassador Award Winner: Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian
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115 comments
lilflipp
lilflipp

Omg all these awkward nerds walking up on stage to talk to a large crowd of people. xD so funny. Reminds me of me in highschool.

02050muh
02050muh

i like COD Ghost, but that doesn't mean it deserve GOTY award. same reason why people don't like TLOU because of its gameplay (? Duh..every encounters actually can be approach differently. try to use your head. there's a lot of freedom in TLOU)


It still deserve GOTY because of it's story and characters

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

TLoU is the most amazing game ever conceived!  It made me feels again!!

Jay2528
Jay2528

Shame Tomb Raider didn't seem to win anything, it is a great game.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Well deserved.

All accolades should go Attn: Tom McShea, who was too annoyed by Joel to see a brilliant game.

wolfone77
wolfone77

to bad Last of Us is PS3 exclusive..a game like that should be on every platform

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

Wow The Last of Us killed the competition, another game of the year award. I have lost track of how many they game has won. The Last of Us is the game that defined last generation.

Can't wait to see what Naughty Dog will do on PS4.

wdma
wdma

In before the haters

edit: too late

xtimmy1
xtimmy1

Titanfall would have won if it came out a little earlier.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Tom McSheeeeeeaaaaa.....come out and plaaaaaaayyyyy....


Sorry, I still can't let go.

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

Excellent news. It definitely deserves all the praise it has received!

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Knack would have easily won, but i believe it came out too late to be considered. A shoe in for 2015 then:)

Mraou
Mraou

The Mega64 skits were great, the awards not so much.

Talavaj
Talavaj

After reading that Gone Home was nominated for game of the year I stopped reading realizing the whole list is full of shit.

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

Someone send this to the people at Riot and MS that said games don't need a plot.

Triton
Triton

Congrats to TLOU. Great job.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I'm soo glad to see TLOU get the GOTY awards and so far, it's one of the best damn PS3 exclusive I ever play. Well done Sony and Naughty Dog. Now please bring TLOU to PS4.

Better luck next year Xbots fans or not.

magiq-mike
magiq-mike

Ps4 version is sure to come out due to all of the accolades. (Cross fingers)

aajubajuraju
aajubajuraju

Nice story is always welcome in games, but I don't see how can story compensate for repetitive gameplay. This and Bioshock Infinite are a classic example.Why can't we get both story and gameplay....ohhh it seems either one is enough for GOTY.

dipdish
dipdish

Congrats, Naughty Dog, Sony, and Ken Kutaragi.

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Next year GOTY Nominees: Dark Souls 2, Order 1886, Witcher 3 and Uncharted 4.

carbone619
carbone619

lol 320 GOTY awards and counting...most critically acclaimed video game of all time

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Poor xbots not even one xbox game had won any of theses awards. Keep saying PS4 has no games and PS4 games will win more awards.  

EMPTY-V
EMPTY-V

@NbAlIvEr10000 Hell yeah, I'm having a blast playing through survival mode. Go Naughty Dog.

EMPTY-V
EMPTY-V

@PixelAddict I'm late to TLOU party (got it 2 weeks ago) but I've been playing non-stop since I got it. My only annoyance is when your followers run into enemies which sometimes causes the enemies to turn around and spot me. Frustrating. But thats it.

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

I recommend you lower you cocain dose

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@PeterDuck  Hey, i'm right there with my torch in one hand, broom in the other. But how do I also find a way to hold a pitchfork, too.

dyze
dyze

@aajubajuraju I agree, but the problem is that with a good story, you need a firm and structured narrative.  This is last of us biggest problem since it lacks any and all kinds of freedom because of that.

You're just the story enabler with a break from story with some shooting and killing. 

But as I said, this is kind of what you have to do if you want the story to have such an impact as Last of Us actually has.


When you break of gameplay into more freedom and personal goals, than you divide the attention of the story and you might not tag along as you would a firm narrative. This looses some of it's impact, since you might not even remember what happened in the beginning when you're at the end. 


There's a reason why Movies are as long as they are, or why CoD games and shooters are as short as they are. This is the time span for which we can hold on to a fast-paced narrative and the tempo that brings.


With a game that spans 20-40 hours of simply gameplay, the story is going to be filled with clichés and various fillers to simply..  fill the time. This degrades a great and overarching story into nothing, because we know and feel that we're just getting pumped for more hours.


It's a hard nut to crack, especially in games. So One has to choose...Focus on Story? or Focus on Gameplay? A good example is looking at Last Of Us and the Soul series.since they're both at the opposite side of the spectrum.


Another interesting example of warping gameplay and especially choice into a firm narrative to create a powerful experience is Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain. The gameplay is QTEs but the addition of choices that impact your story? it changes a lot and adds more to the game than something that Last Of Us can give us,however it also loses it's firm narrative on multiple playthroughs since people can experience different endings or scenes. This does make it more "game-y" than something like Last Of Us.


The smaller something is, the more powerful the story will be.. The larger it is, the more likely it will be overly saturated by clichés and fillers.

Personally? 

I believe that most of us gamers can imagine better stories than most of the games we're playing. So I believe that most, if not all, games should strife towards freedom and gameplay. Story that focuses more on the World and it's lore, rather than the firm narrative of characters. 

Skyrim, imo, isn't great because of the Dovahkin, it's great in spite of it.  The greatest choice I ever got, was not to become the Dovahkin but rather just walking away and questing and doing my thing within the game. 

The ability to say NO in the game and yet have hours of gameplay available to me is where games should strive.


This is getting long and I might be getting off track.. hehe.  so.. yeah. bye. =)

carbone619
carbone619

@aajubajuraju  you've just compared an FPS gameplay to a third-person gameplay...ohh and yeah TLOU gameplay had one of the best if not the best gameplay of any 3rd person game

xtimmy1
xtimmy1

You haven't even played them, how can you say they will be good

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@Vinnvn Yeah, Dark Souls 2 is not winning the award. Look at 2011, when they awarded it to Skyrim instead, which while fun, is nowhere near as good as Dark Souls. Dark Souls is as close to perfection as an RPG can be. Only now started Dark Souls 2, so it's still too soon to say.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@Vinnvn Don't be a fanboy dude, be a gamer. Xbox didn't win any awards because none of their games was nominated. And what did you expect? They launched like 5 exclusives last year, 4 of which were launch titles for the X180.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@EMPTY-V Storytelling was so very good.

I remember going through what you are experiencing, too. Several times I yelled "nooo, don't go theeeere!!!"

Challenging game. Brilliant game.

xboxoneanddone
xboxoneanddone

It is pretty over rated the only reason it got so many awards is cause nothing really good came out near it or yet

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

You've just made an enemy. But however I do Apologize for my ignorants I should have known better.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@EasyComeEasyGo "you're username says it all about you."
*your check: "so does your calligraphy about you" and "you're another fanboy" got it? :)

"PS4 has sold more units" + "overprice Console"
Yup, just another fanboy, which makes you no better than him lol

"less powerful then PS4"
And both inferior to a PC. So? if you were a half-decent gamer you would care about games, not systems.
And it's *than (really people...)

So correct your writing (and your mature gaming)


EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Not as pathetic as you're username says it all about you. You're just another Xbot who can't get over it that PS4 has sold more units then Xbox One and the fact is that why in the hell should I pay an overprice Console, less powerful then PS4? Yeah I thought so.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Nothing personal Gelugon_baat but MS has failed me for the last time. I'm sick of being nickle N dime, and that DRM Disaster is all that tells me about them.