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Game of the Year 2013

Xbox One Game of the Year 2013 Winner

The best game on the latest next-gen console.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a big game. At any moment you might be running across rooftops in Havanna trying to catch a pickpocket, dueling with a great white shark at sea, or simply gambling away your last few pieces of gold in a no-name tavern on a no-name Caribbean island.

But what makes Black Flag so impressive is the level of cohesion and harmony that binds all those activities together. This is one of the most ambitious open-world games in years, and it's one that's constantly encouraging you to run off and explore new locales. There's always some new activity or endeavor to try, and most of them have some sort of reward to help nudge your journey forward. It all comes together to create a spectacular and deeply immersive adventure.

Discussion

321 comments
thomasn7
thomasn7

The console is barely a month old. Don't see how you can pick game of the year from that. I would have chosen Forza anyway. 

chyng85
chyng85

I thought Forza would have won it, although I don't play it~ 

cadiacscanner
cadiacscanner

This year is a pointless award.  Next year will be more worth it. 

slainta
slainta

I'd like to say that to have a GOTY 2013 for both PS4 and Xbone is technically correct. The consoles are out and all their games for 2013 (maybe but a couple of small ones) have been evaluated. Thus the competition is fair.

Mayleene
Mayleene

Seriously?  Battlefield 4 is on the list?  How can that be?  It isn't even finished yet and it is unplayable in the state it was released.  And, NOW, you want to put it on the Best Of list?  Kinda stooped down to a lower level when I thought you might have bottomed out.  But I guess I was wrong. 

bezza2011
bezza2011

hmmmmm is it me or are these game of the year a waste of time when this is a multiplatform game, surely if your going to do game of the year for each platform they need to be exclusive to that platform only as then there is absolutely no point in these awards. there should be

playstation exclusive

xbox exclusive

multi-platform 

pc exclusive.

cboye18
cboye18

I wonder WHY people love the horrendous combat mechanics/camera and awkward movement controls of this game franchise. I can't stand it :s 

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Are they doing Readers Choice this year?

kensuya
kensuya

xbox one better exclusives than ps4, ok? XD if the exclusive is not better than a multi game well...so ....is it really good?

python1026
python1026

Why in the bloody hell are people complaing that a multiplat won? It just means that its currently the best on the platform, not the best exclusive.


Though I do admit these shouldnt be given to a console that's been out for 1 month.

termadoyle
termadoyle

Wow a multi-platform game when the perfectly good Forza 5 was sitting there plus being an exclusive? hmm...

Cowbie
Cowbie

It's being compared to everything that's been released in 2013, what more do you people want? Your comments are dumb. It's okay to disagree; however, whining about games being new and what not are pointless. It's the end of 2013 -- this is what they have. And I still haven't seen a valid reason why multi-platform games shouldn't be included; except that those who own the other platform are butthurt. Boo flippin' hoo. Gaming community is one the whiniest communities.

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

The thing with this awards is that even if the consoles are new, people would still complain that GS didn't give them a GOTY award, so they are in a no win situation.

Tao_and_Zen
Tao_and_Zen

Like others have pointed out, this is a totally pointless category cuz the console is too new and has only a handful of games for it.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

So a shinier version of a current-gen AC4 is the next-gen GOTM? It didn't even get that honor on the PS3 and 360(GTA 5 and TLOU says hello), too bad all next-gen offers at the moment are current-gen hand-me-downs and an empty wallet lol.

Skhuff
Skhuff

How the hell a multiplatform game is Xbox One game of the year? Are we smart or are they really stupid?

Albaficas
Albaficas

a multiplatform...cla clap clap

Jordan Brooks
Jordan Brooks

How many games are there for xbone? Less than then? Furthemore, is this category even fair considering the console has only been out five minutes?

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

Game of the year?  More like game of the month.  It just came out!

themanitou23
themanitou23

Assassin's Creed: GOTY: XBONE, PS4, X360, PS3, MAC, PC, WiiU, 3DS, OUYA

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

Don't you mean 'Game of the Month'? and  i'm not sure what it says about a console when it's best game is a game currently available on the previous gen system. I know it's young but still...

Joseph P. Johnson
Joseph P. Johnson

Why? It hasn't even been out a month so how can it have a game of the year? Emphasis on YEAR

hadlee73
hadlee73

I'm surprised. I thought maybe they'd give it to Forza seeing as Black Flag already won an award. I guess the new exclusives just didn't cut the mustard.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Goes to show how mediocre/bad the launch games were for the PS4 and Xbone when a multiplatform title is currently the best game on both consoles.

steviegthekop
steviegthekop

dead rising not even nominated? its better than all of these games

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

is AC4 REALLY that good? after AC3 it felt like the end for the series 


plus the A.i has been nerfed into nothingness from what i saw

python1026
python1026

@cboye18 If youve read the complaints, youd know that NO ONE likes either of those:/

bezza2011
bezza2011

@cboye18 could not agree more the combat is awful and so so repetitive.

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

@Cowbie Idk why but I think that gamers these days just know about complaining and whining and all...it gets kinda cheeky. I don't have any complains against the GOTY, it was the best on this platform and no other game was able to compete with it , so no problem at all. 

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

@Skhuff The exclusive titles for both PS4 and Xbox One are mostly let downs.  This really is the must have title on the new generation.  

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

I'm am confused by your confusion.  It released in 2013 and it is being compared with everything else that has been released this year.  


If I follow your logic... they should be doing GotY 2012 because everything in 2013 is too new.  

brocklee5000
brocklee5000

If gts 5 got overall game if the year is what I mean.

brocklee5000
brocklee5000

So if gta 5 got it it woildnt count either? Because it came out in less then half a year? You make no sense.

python1026
python1026

@quickshooterMk2 Its like a breath of fresh air to the franchise, like how RE4 was to the RE franchise, it did something new and loved.

grove12345
grove12345

@python1026 @termadoyle sorry but some of us prefer the idea that consoles should stand out from each other and editors need to put a more "innovative" response.

Hey but im sure you dont mind seeing COD! COD! COD! for every award either. Seems editors seem aim to please casual gamers above all else


This GOTY thing for XB1/PS4 was totally stupid. Consoles didnt even make it to the second month. The launch titles arent impressive either.


Long story short, I would of prefered to see Forza 

blackace
blackace

@python1026@termadoyle Has more content maybe. Only reason I can see for Forza 5 not getting it. If Forza 5 has the same content as Forza 4 is would have won easily.

Cowbie
Cowbie

@TrueProphecy22 As the multitudes of comments prove on this article and on GameSpot on a daily basis, people are dumb.

python1026
python1026

@grove12345 I hate COD, just because its an annual release doesnt mean AC4 did nothing new, hell It had more innovative stuff than Forza 4.5 ever had, so whats this about an "innovative" response considering that half of AC4 IS new.