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Game of the Year 2013

Xbox 360 Game of the Year 2013 Winner

We crown the best on the 360 for this year.

What's most amazing about Grand Theft Auto V is the way that it manages to be both tremendous in scope and precise about detail, creating a massive world that offers an incredible assortment of fun stuff to do yet feels like so much more than just a video game playground. From its ritzy downtown neighborhoods to its inner-city streets, its beachfronts to its poverty-stricken desert towns, the world of GTAV is convincing and alive in ways that video game worlds usually aren't.

And in such a vibrant world, the opportunities for surprising, wonderful moments never seem to cease. Sometimes those moments are violent and chaotic, a spectacular chain reaction of explosions or a car chase that takes a ludicrous turn. At other times, those moments might be beautiful--the perfect song coming on the radio as you speed down the freeway, or a gorgeous sunset happening as you fly a helicopter over the Vinewood Hills.

Rockstar pushed its signature series forward in GTAV not just with a more amazing world, but with a flexible three-protagonist structure and a number of astounding cinematic missions. As we look forward to the next console generation, Grand Theft Auto V is a wonderful reminder of the amazing things the last generation of consoles was capable of.

684 comments
chyng85
chyng85

It makes me wanna play it~! 

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

As much as I love the GTA series, Gta 5's campaign felt unfinished and short. I also hated seeing the entire screen strobe flash for every kill made with a gun, it took out the thrill in combat and destroys immersion, the x indicator is ugly enough and there is no option to turn it off(the flash or X), as if bullet wounds, blood spray, and the enemy reacting to being shot isn't hit indicator enough, they assume we need shooting gallery training wheels forced on every one. Also, many parts of the map feel wasted(military base, police station, prison, etc..) as if they should of been used for story mode.

peecee1384
peecee1384

Sorry, Bioshock Infinite isn't worth a 9 out of 10.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

anybody but me find it funny that the the game of the year for this system, is a game you can get on any other system?

slainta
slainta

Not a single X360 exclusive worth mentioning in 2013, huh? That's what people get buying MS consoles. They age awfully!!!

Zevvion
Zevvion

Meh. I think GTAV is a good game, but I wouldn't have picked it for GOTY. It's not even on my top 10 list actually. 

pnotheginger
pnotheginger

i like gta but i find the shooting mechanics to be so boring there is no punch to guns or something.

cboye18
cboye18

Somehow I didn't enjoy GTA V as much as GTAIV or San Andreas. Too much realism, lack of cheats and weapon variety along with aggressive cops made free roaming less fun in comparison with previous installments. I had high expectations but ultimately R* tried too hard... 

halo1399
halo1399

Rayman Legends should have won this

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

soo since GTA V was nominated for PS3 but last of us got it i am guessing last of us GOTY :P

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Most ridiculously overrated game since LA Noire.

vfx_fan
vfx_fan

One detail they didn't get was when you run over female pedestrians, their shoes don't fly off.

santinegrete
santinegrete

kinda out of topic: I'm enjoying Gears Judgment a lot more than I expected.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

Whatever side you're on in the console wars, it's just plain embarrassing to see so little first party support for 360.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

My only complaint about this game is the lack of coop in single player.If it had that we would be a 10 for me.

summersgod
summersgod

Jeez not one exclusive. I can understand why XBO and PS4 don't because of lack of games but this is the reason why I switched to PS4 in the first place. 

StephenSays
StephenSays

I want one winner.  No categories just the best game of 2013.  Something refreshing and original or the best of its kind.  Lets hurt some feelings and crown a winner for a great discussion.  TLoU is a strong number one with bioshock and Tomb Raider.  GTAV though outstanding;  was really everything we expected.  R* is crippled by always making a great game so for them to win it has to be special.  Example Red Dead Redemption.  Mario 3D world strong mention, and hand helds or games under $60 are not allowed in my oppinion.  Because it cheapens the list or we should just crown minecraft, candy crush and poker or a board game.

lowkey254
lowkey254

Yes, it's obnoxious, but it's true

lowkey254
lowkey254

For the past 4 years the 360 has only provided 1 exclusive to rep for the console. That's a shame.

wgerardi
wgerardi

I would have loved to have seen Metro, Bioshock Infinite or Brothers win this. Literally any game but the depressingly mediocre GTA 5.

bobaban
bobaban

Another win for PLAYSTATION! Xbots lose once again hahahahaha.We get both TLOU and GTAV. Plus PS3 has a better version of GTAV. lol trade in your systems, you dont deserve to game

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

I fail to see how any game but GTA 5 wins the overall goty. What other game offers the size,scope, variety it does? its certainly not a perfect game far from it, but its better then everything else.

L0vnThatBuddah
L0vnThatBuddah

Is it just me or should multi-platform games be excluded as nominees? I think the exclusives should be awarded and multi-platform games be judged as a whole

02050muh
02050muh

so...last of us beat GTA5 in ps3...probably it will win GOTY..probably..

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

no big surprise and ill probably get flamed for calling gta v overhyped. im not saying its a bad game kids so hold back your temper tantrums for a second. just because a game has massive productions values and is also massive in just about every other way doesnt automatically make it game of the year, no matter how much you try to justify it. i had fun with the online portion but i lost interest in the single player pretty quick. also, if youre wondering, i also didnt think gta iv was goty material either although it was a pretty good game. the last totally awesome gta game i thought was vice city, but thats just me. so what do i think should be goty? it'd probably be a toss up between metal gear rising and far cry 3.

Atermi
Atermi

@slainta Well, I think of Xbox only as a dedicated Halo-Forza playing machine. 

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@pnotheginger its the kill indicator, it makes the shooting feel weak and arcade like, so little kids and casual gamers can pick it up. The shooting would be as cool as Red Dead Redemption if there was an option to turn off the annoying x and flash kill indicator. 

fluffy_kins
fluffy_kins

@cboye18I enjoyed it more than 4, but it didn't surpass San Andreas in my opinion. GTA is more fun when it's not hyper realistic. But you're right, the really aggressive cops (and the stealth you had to use to escape them) put a damper on the fun and... no cheats stored in the phone this time?? what a PITA and a step backwards. I stay away from cheats during the main story but after I'm done, the cheats add more replay value. Not when you have to punch them in each time though...

TomMcShea
TomMcShea moderator

@wgerardi  What about The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts? Or that dumb Aliens game?

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@bobaban both the PS3 and Xbox360 versions of GTA 5 are the same. PS3 version is better cause of free online though.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@bobaban their suffering already, don't be an asshat. It's painful to know I share a the choice of PS3 as a console with fanboys like you..

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@abcdefgabcdefgz gta 5 seems big at first, but it feels lacking and unfinished once you beat it. I honestly found GTA 4, GTA 3, GTA SA, and GTA Vice City to be more enjoyable, GTA 5 should have been better, but the developers had less incentive to thoroughly complete the game do to all the pre orders and opportunities to milk more money through DLC.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

@KimCheeWarriorXWell its not one person opinion its the majority that matters and I cant see any game other then GTA 5 winning it. Its just head and shoulders above everything else it has something for almost everyone in it.

slainta
slainta

@dz99ls @heartindarkness Also that.. But Hearty is right. Unless one wants to say that 


GTA V (X360) > TLoU (PS3) [ > GTA V (PS3) ]


We can't escape logic. :p

wgerardi
wgerardi

@TomMcShea @wgerardi lol, guess I should have specified that I meant "of the nominations" 


Would be quite hilarious to see either of those win.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@L0vnThatBuddah then that makes mgr my personal goty

dz99ls
dz99ls

@slainta no, because its almost certain GTA V will win overall GoTY. Gamestop "tries" tp spread the love towards platform exclusives when it comes to a situation like this.