Submitted by Walker 436d ago | opinion piece

The winner of Destructoid's 2013 Game of the Year

The Last of Us is a beautiful send off for the PlayStation 3. It carries with it Naughty Dog's considerably heft; the artistic, technical, and budgetary ability to build what we call "AAA games." It leaves behind the vibrant pulp adventure that is Uncharted in favor of something more challenging. Mechanically it is still third-person action, but the reduction in platforming elements alone informs on its design tone. It is weighty, and the player carries that weight. (BioShock: Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, PC, PS3, The Last Of Us, Tomb Raider 2013, Wii U, Xbox 360)

KillerBanana7  +   436d ago
Well Deserved!!!! TLOU imo is the complete package and it represents how far the video game industry has come. Great job ND :)
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ps3vita4life  +   436d ago
I couldn't agree more :) TLOU is just wonderful!!!
guitarded77  +   436d ago
Yep... amazing game. My personal GOTY.
dedicatedtogamers  +   436d ago

I just finished my Survival+ playthrough. Everything in this game is just...pitch-perfect. It's intense, it has a great story, it's beautiful, and most importantly it is FUN. I love sneaking around and trying to stealth-kill everyone without taking a hit. I haven't even touched the MP yet...
Conzul  +   435d ago
Love this game so much! GOTG. Can't wait to play it on my PS4 in some form.

I feel really bad for having skipped ni no kuni. Not really my genre but looked amazing. Hope it joins TLOU on PS4.
mikeslemonade  +   435d ago
They should have two GOTYs this year. Remember when Peyton Manning and Steve Mcnari won co-mvps??

GTA5 is GOTY 1A and TLoU is GOTY 1B.

The two games are almost polar opposites and excel at their respective styles.
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NewMonday  +   435d ago
very impressive to win against tough competition like Bioshock Infinite and GTA5.
Ezz2013  +   435d ago
TLOU so far is the most awarded game of the year
R6ex  +   435d ago
I prefer Beyond Two Souls to TLOU.
Ezz2013  +   435d ago
The Last Of Us have 86 GOTY awards so far (overall GOTY 2013)
while GTAV have only 55 GOTY awards
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Morgue  +   435d ago
While I agree. I have to disagree with all the people who did.
miyamoto  +   435d ago
Bro I said the very same about Uncharted 2 and Naughty Dog did a repeat performance with TLOU.

Thanks to Sony and ND video games are making good progress since Pong!

well said

" The Last of Us is as close to perfection as a videogame can get, and many, many of you agreed with that sentiment; in fact, it received more votes than BioShock Infinite, Super Mario 3D World, and Grand Theft Auto V combined!

I was playing TLOU in my nephews house and then these 360 CoD kids came in and was just awestruck with the sight of the game, sat behind me and were meaning to grab my controller after ten minutes. LOL! And they came there every weekend to watch my nephew play the game and not CoD anymore.

Now that is power!
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moegooner88  +   435d ago
Seems that the Destructoid community agrees as well.

" The Last of Us is as close to perfection as a videogame can get, and many, many of you agreed with that sentiment; in fact, it received more votes than BioShock Infinite, Super Mario 3D World, and Grand Theft Auto V combined!

DejectedJeff  +   435d ago
wow! i wish theyd release the numbers, im just curious what they look like. considering not a ton of people have played the new mario im assuming the numbers dropped exponentially after bioshock.
ABeastNamedTariq  +   435d ago
Playing it right now, lol. Winter is so friggin tense.
Riderz1337  +   435d ago
Game of the generation.

Can't wait to see what Naughty God does on the PS4.
LAWSON72  +   435d ago
After playing the game the other day it is not as close to perfect as some make it out to be. It was fantastic no doubt but close to perfect... no. IMO the closest thing to perfect was maybe Portal 2. I had a blast with TLOU but the animations were okay, it felt clunky at times, the friendly ai was stupid at times and the enemy variety was okay too, (no where close to perfection though clickers were a pain and I thought they made a great enemy that really made me tense up at times). I do appreciate the difficulty, gameplay variety, atmosphere, characters and storytelling which are no doubt among the best games of all time.

I do not disagree with their choice and it is a great one that no doubt deserves praise just not praise that makes it out to be perfect *cough*the ND fanboys over at IGN.

Just to note though that is also how you end a game.
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medman  +   435d ago
Well Lawson, I agree with you in many respects but I think you have to realize when someone says "perfect", that doesn't literally mean it has no flaws. No game is perfect and every single game ever created suffers from one issue or another, whether that be framerate stutters or A.I. issues. Until A.I. is nailed in gaming and enemies think and react as real individual people would with individual thought, identity, and behavior, no game can be "perfect". But The Last of Us is about as good as it gets on last gen hardware, and it's my personal game of the year by a large margin, and I played most of the games on the goty lists, so I'm making that statement from experience, not fanboyism.
xReDeMpTiOnx  +   435d ago
That's another goty title for sony......

So sony has no games right?
LAWSON72  +   435d ago
Well people only said that mostly when it was true. The Xbox IMO was destroying PS3 until Kinect or maybe a year before it (when I got one due to the 360 drought of exclusives). The only big game was really MGS4 for a while and maybe Uncharted
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xReDeMpTiOnx  +   435d ago
There were so many good games that hit ps3 it just matters what audience you fall into.

I'm a big old school gamer so I'm into pretty much every genre and I will say I hardly had dry spots with my ps3.

Where as with my 360 I loved my halo2/3 and gears 2/3 that's all Microsoft really had to offer that caught my attention IMO Microsoft puts to many apples in the basket. ( I did like lost oddessey as well)

But ps3 just had way more diverse quality line up than Microsoft
DigitalRaptor  +   435d ago
The thing is there were lots of games, and a lot of quite diverse ones, and it really depends on whether they are aimed at you or not, as to whether you would enjoy them or not, like Redemption said.

2007: MotorStorm, Heavenly Sword, Resistance, Folklore, Warhawk, Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

2008: Valkyria Chronicles, Siren Blood Curse, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, LittleBigPlanet, MGS4, GT5: Prologue, Resistance 2, WipEout HD.

2009: Demon's Souls, Killzone 2, inFamous, Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time, Uncharted 2, Katamari Forever.

I could go on. Whether or not you think these are "big" games or not (which a lot of them are), you can't claim they had no games.
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Imalwaysright  +   435d ago
My GOTY as well and even though it isn't my GOTG, imo it has the BCOTG (best character of the generation):Ellie. TloU2 with Ellie as main character... make it happen ND!
medman  +   435d ago
I agree with you 100 percent. Ellie is freakin phenomenal!! That little girl is so real I wanted to reach through the screen and hug her, even though she would have probably punched me in the teeth. I wouldn't mind a TLOU2 starting with Ellie still a little girl, but throughout the game jumping ahead in years and by the time the title ends having her be a mature woman in that world and a kick ass leader of the survivors.
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Wni0  +   435d ago
TLoU is the best game ever made at this moment. Its not perfect but its hard to argue against it.
TristanPR77  +   435d ago
For me TLOU is the game that defined the 7th generation. I have play many games that are fun but does not have a soul or any emotional impact. TLOU is the only ga!e I have felt that way on the 7th generation. It truly take masters to make a game like that.

Congratulations to NG and Sony, this is one of the reasons I remain on Sony side, they have the best exclusives games, period.
scott182  +   435d ago
TLoU and Red Dead Redemption are my fav this gen..
josephayal  +   435d ago
Definitely my game of the year and one of my favorite games of all time
Veneno  +   434d ago
There is no discussion. Last of Us is the culmination of everything excellent that makes gaming wonderful. No other game this year can say that. At all.

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