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The Best Game of 2013: ‘The Last of Us’ vs. ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

Geek Nation: I love the open world freedom available to me in something like Grand Theft Auto V. There’s a level of playability there that goes far beyond the story mode, and ensures that even after I beat the game, I can cruise around the insanely detailed greater Los Santos area and do practically anything I can think of at any time. It’s a wildly different kind of game than The Last of Us, and though it offers tons more freedom, that doesn’t make it a better game experience overall. Better replay value? Sure. Better overall? No way.

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xHeavYx850d ago

GTA V is a lot of fun, but TLOU is an amazing game which has a very unique MP

GarrusVakarian850d ago (Edited 850d ago )

Im a big GTA fan and i play GTA5 pretty much everyday, but i would still give my vote to TLOU.

geddesmond850d ago

Both games are amazing games that offer different experiences. There is no winner between them. GTA5 is more value for money though but the story in TLOU is very touching and brilliant. Both developers created a brilliant universe with in their games.

ape007850d ago (Edited 850d ago )

im a huge gta fanboy, yes gta v is my GOTY but TLOU can get GOTY too

also SM3DW is pure platforming heaven

other can say bioshock, Zelda 3DS, fire emblem, tomb raider etc..

too many games deserve GOTY this

look i hate this GOTY stuff, it's polarizing, especially in a year like 2013

Septic850d ago (Edited 850d ago )

The fun factor is why I would give GTA V the win over TLOU. The gameplay is superior but then again, TLOU is a masterpiece in its own way.

Both are excellent games and represent the best in their respective genres.

Ultimately, it boils down to what you prefer; a story-driven, emotional game or an open world game focusing more on all out fun.

Raccoon850d ago

fun is simply not enough for my taste and character... i need something memorable.

TrueJerseyDevil850d ago

TLUO is definitely a more memorable game than GTA V. GTA V was a big disappointment for me this year, while the TLOU was a huge surprise for me. TLUO is a game i will not forget as GTA V is a game i can not forget soon enough because it didn't live up to the hype and can not compare to San Andreas in my opinion

CrossingEden850d ago (Edited 850d ago )

I prefer 40-60 hours of straight up polished and varied FUN gameplay over 10-15 overs of a scripted narrative pseudo stealth mechanics. For $60 it's obvious which game is worth the price more because after you finish the story of the last of us you have nothing else left to do. My top three games of 2013 are
1.AC4
2.GTAV
3.Link Between Worlds
These three games give you varied and fun gameplay, excellent narratives in their very detailed but vast open worlds, and are three shining examples of how to continue a franchise without it feeling stale. And I spent more time completing them all compared to the amount of time it took me to complete the last of us sadly. That being said, the last of us is a shining example of how to start a franchise properly and I would definitely be interested in seeing more of that world.

MysticStrummer850d ago

"For $60 it's obvious which game is worth the price more"

For me it's obvious too. TLoU wins easily. Time of completion doesn't weigh in as much for me as it apparently does for you though. Journey, for example, was a very short game but a beautiful one. GTAV was fun, but the words "excellent narrative" don't apply at all in my opinion. GTAIV had a better story.

With GTA your money gets you lots of the same old GTA gameplay, which isn't bad by any means, in a new city with new characters. With TLoU you get a more interesting premise with a more focused story starring better fleshed out characters resulting in more emotional impact and tension. There was more tension in each of TLoU's environments than in all of GTAV combined.

Just my opinions.

from the beach850d ago

I liked Grand Theft Auto and TLOU but of the two, I'd have to go with GTAV.

Anyway, Super Mario 3D World says hi.

higgins78850d ago

TLOU, fairly easily. I enjoyed GTAV (a lot) until the repetition set in - which it always does. TLOU on the other hand didn't - I feel - outstay its welcome and changed pace enough to enjoy throughout.

Saying all that, Ive got to agree with what videogames website CVG is saying, Super Mario Galaxy is far, far away Game of the Generation...quite flawless.

Irishguy95850d ago

Strongly disagree with Galaxy as game of the gen. It was far too easy, so much so that the lack of challenge made for a boring game.

TLoU has too many gameplay faults for GotY, despite how many don't want to admit it. Story and Narrative alone don't grab GotY. Otherwise Bioshock would get that win. GTA has it all though

SneakyDoo850d ago

GTA 5 for me, the scope of the game is amazing with its detail. GTA 5's gameplay is constantly fun for me, weather i'm ramping waves on a jet-ski, flying under bridges in a jet, diving into the water off a pier then proceeding to knife a shark, fist fighting hobos, robbing a minimart, customizing a sports car, or just simply blowing up cop cars. The story is good too, not as good as GTA IV's more serious toned narrative which i preferred more, but it has funnier satire, and well- there's Trevor (my personal CoTY). I'll name several details that make the environment in GTA 5 seem even more realer.
-the lighthouse light in Cape Catfish activates when the weather is foggy.
-NPC dogs sometimes can be seen peeing on a hydrant or a mailbox post.
-If you ram your car in a house window in the middle of the night, the lights will turn on in the house, as if you woke up the person inside.
-a military anthem plays every morning in fort zancudo.
-Some NPC's have in-game procedural schedules, like union workers or gardeners. (Example: A gardener will hop on the bus in the morning, and will ride to a selected house usually in the hills. They'll go in the yard and will start tending/cleaning it. They'll clip hedges, blow leaves, tinker with a mower, clean the pool with a net etc...)
-the moon has real time in-game phases, all with different angular light sources.
-your car and even gun will reflect off light sources.
-the game has slight changes in tide over the day.
-cropdusters spray pesticide over the vineyard at some times of the day.
these are just a PORTION of the little details only rockstar adds to make the scope and map even more impressive.

TLOU is a good game, but it's not a masterpiece. it's misleading when people say that. They're acting like it's the god of games. It does have an exceptional narrative with well voice casting, but the gameplay is decent and can sometimes be repetitive (example: sneak, shoot, sneak shoot, sneak, stealth kill). I played the game just once, and didn't touch it again. Well, this is just my opinion.

TrueJerseyDevil850d ago

TLUO is a masterpiece. GTA V was the most over hyped game ever

SneakyDoo850d ago

Well, it's your opinion. I greatly anticipated the title, and it lived up to the hype in my opinion. And TLOU isn't a masterpiece in my book, sorry, but I like gameplay more than story. TLOU had good voice acting and cutscene animations, but that's all I liked honestly. The gameplay got old fast- I always had to sneak past some enemies, if I get spotted, I'd have to fight my way past them, or hide again. Most of the missions are like that, and people say TLOU brought new stuff to the table, not really. It's gameplay isn't anything new or unique. And people say gta 5 didn't bring anything new, well, the 3 character switching thing was actually new, no other games does that in a world as big as the new HD San Andreas (LS and Blaine County) which includes a detailed scope/map.

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