When it came to my pick for Game of the Year 2013, it wasn’t really a contest. The other nominees were exemplary in their own right, but the fact of the matter is The Last of Us may very well be a once-in-a-generation sort of experience, one that expertly melds together plot, gameplay, and characters into something so riveting and fun to play that it’s hard to put down. The Last of Us is a true accomplishment, one that’s emotional, well-acted, and fun to play. It somehow set the bar even higher than the Uncharted series already did, giving Naughty Dog yet another game it has to strive to beat in the future. And that’s nothing but good news for gamers.