The Last Of Us wins over 200 GOTY awards; why this annoys me greatly

Digitally Downloaded writes: "To give The Last Of Us the game of the year award is to argue that gaming is an inferior art form to cinema or literature. Borrowing so heavily from The Road (both novel and film), The Last Of Us is, thematically, an inferior clone of Cormac McCarthy's work of genius and John Hillcoat's equally genius adaptation of it for cinema. Take the cut scenes of The Last Of Us in isolation and it's like a somewhat less confronting version of McCarthy's narrative... and considering the confrontational nature of the narrative was key to its theme, dampening that effect didn't help The Last Of Us drive through an especially memorable narrative.

Add in the gameplay sections where you slaughter legions of enemies without a second thought, and the end result is a game that has impactful cut scenes broken up some really fun and challenging combat challenge rooms, but all at the expense of pacing (look up ludonarrative dissonance for more on this topic)."

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Goro1379d ago

Because it is incredibly overrated. (in my opinion)

ZodTheRipper1379d ago

How can some hate on this masterpiece? Excluding those that haven't finished it of course.

TheLyonKing1378d ago

Everyone is entitled their own views but you get the feeling some people who are hating haven't even played the game.

Hell TLOU isn't even a genre I usually pick up and play (more of an rpg/racing guy) but it was brilliant and I apperciate the story so much as well as the clever gameplay mechanics.

You know you have met a TLOU fan when you mention the word winter and they smile at you.

Goro1378d ago

I've played and completed the game twice and it is a great game but all of you act like it's the most superior game to ever exist when it isn't even close. About a 9/10.

xHeavYx1378d ago

This website's logic.
" Game shouldn't win GOTY awards, btw I rated it 5/5"

ZodTheRipper1378d ago


Name a better game, then. (in terms of overall quality)

johndoe112111378d ago


Your statement is incomplete.Let me finish it for you:
This website's logic.
" GAME shouldn't win GOTY awards because it can't compare to some of the similar themed MOVIES or BOOKS out there even though I also stated in my article that The Last Of Us is the kind of blockbuster fun that deserved every dollar that it made.Oh and btw I also rated it 5/5 as a game, But I believe it should have been a better movie or book to win game of the year".

Hope you don't mind my adjustments.

Why o why1378d ago (Edited 1378d ago )

It got game of the year (2013) NOT game of all time. Some people just have to find a reason to go against the grain and use stupid fallacies to make silly points. Ok, you dont like it or dont rate it as high as other games fine but this time you are in the minority.

If this game was released the same year as mgs, orcarinia of time, tetris, mario 64, streetfighter 2 , halo 2 and shadow of the colossus I'd have to listen to peoples whinging but it wasn't was it so it winning game of the year wasn't something ridiculous or unjust.

Personally I would put it up for one of the games of the respective generation. Of course thats my opinion but do feel free to give some alternatives from 2013

dedicatedtogamers1378d ago

People have their own tastes, but honestly, what game in 2013 was better than Last of Us - overall? What game pushed the videogame medium forward more? What game advanced videogame storytelling better? What game had better animations, better graphics (on console), better lighting effects?

At the end of the day, Last of Us deserves "Game of the Year" because it really is Game of the Year. There are games that I - personally - liked better but Last of Us did so many things right, there really isn't a single game that is more deserving of GotY.

Goro1378d ago

@zod18 Red Dead Redemption.

Why o why1378d ago (Edited 1378d ago )

Errrr, what year was red dead realeased.... imagine us comparing all current to all of the greats from yesteryear for current goty accolades. Some people are just blinded by their console bias. If theres no exclusive to back, back a multiplat... same old story. Saw it when lbp got goty, same with uncharted 2. Laughable and before people say my own bias is blinded my thoughts, this isn't a sony fan moaning about why tlou didn't because it did...its about people bit**g about why it did

Clunkyd1378d ago

At the end of the day, Last of Us is GOTY. Time to move on people.

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tacomonster1379d ago

Clearly you haven't played it, otherwise you wouldn't say that.

Mister_Dawg1379d ago

Arrogant. So playing this game means you will only love this game?

Interesting take on personal tastes.

Goro1378d ago

I have played and completed it twice. I'm currently playing it a third time on Survivor Plus.

johndoe112111378d ago


You've played it twice and you're playing it a third time on survivor Plus and yet you say that the game is "Overated" and you once stated that "the actual gameplay aspect is complete mediocrity".

Yeah, seems legit.

Why o why1378d ago

Lol, maybe you have that sunset beach syndrome......dont really enjoy it but still keep watching. Going through any game of its type for a 3rd time kinda means you must like it more than the average game/gamer. Some people are just anti hype/anti popular. If people laud something enough, other people will find a reason to dislike that same something.

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TheMrMalro1379d ago

It is highly overrated. It's a very liniar experience I will never touch again. GTA V/Online in the other hand offers me much more fun. Just hit 16 days online. Easily my favourite game of the gen.

mep691379d ago

Go play your boring story lacking game with bad VA then ¬_¬

Utalkin2me1379d ago

Wow really 16 days online already, that's not a hobby mate that's a way of life.

CaptainSellers1378d ago

The Last of Us is overrated yet GTAV is so awesome and not overrated at all? Nice logic there.

adventureghost1241378d ago

Hold the [email protected]#*ING PHONE
You are saying GTA 5/online, an experience that is completely broken down, took like a month after release to launch, loaded with tons of @ssholes, and the game with an ok story and a dissapointing ending is better than The Last Of Us. Also What part of it was linear? There were TONS of ways to get through enemies with and without them noticing you, The story was one of the best I have ever seen in gaming and it always kept me guessing. I'm not saying GTA 5 is bad, I enjoyed it. But TLOU was miles ahead of it in every way.

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mt1379d ago

the game is meant for you if you don't like it ( that is if you really played the game)
. there is no way for a person to hate this game. the game is not perfect. I had seen glitches while playing but it didn't ruin the game or broke the gameplay. the game is the most perfect piece of a game.

xJumpManx1379d ago

Completely agree. It was a good game but what did it do differently than any other game of the genre.

Darkfist1379d ago

it managed to do a better job than what resident evil 5/6 did.

Hicken1379d ago

It managed to win over 200 GOTY awards, for one.

kneon1378d ago

It's all in the execution.

Michelangelo's David and Pietà were not very original, the subjects had been done countless times, yet these are undoubtedly masterpieces. It's not so much what you do but how well you do it.

NeoTribe1378d ago

It brought back the aspect of survival horror that died a decade ago, created a story with so many feels it blew your mind, amazing graphics, top notch charachters and acting, and most importantly pretty damn freaky. Theres finally a real AAA survival horror ip... name another AAA horror ip that isnt dead nowadays...

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quaneylfc1378d ago (Edited 1378d ago )

With a profile dedicated to the Yakuza games? how trustworthy are you... (!)

nope1111378d ago

I agree with Yakuzaz, it's overrated, amazing narritive, but the gameplay felt unoriginal. More fun to watch than to play honestly.

Generation defining my ass.

Clunkyd1378d ago

If you call this overrated then every mainstream game is overrated.

Christopher1378d ago

The author of this article reminds me of the pony tail guy from the Good Will Hunting bar scene

He's applying way too much book learning to the subject of art. The fact of the matter is, The Last of Us, which I have not completed and can not personally review, is seen by many gamers as great storytelling combined with enjoyable gameplay. To try and measure the game based on a comparison to a novel or movie as far as 'pacing' or the like is just silly as all heck.

Ezz20131378d ago (Edited 1378d ago )

Agreed, you know i really don't mind people having different opinions and all but this article madfe me facepalm hard

it amazing how he keep contradict himself in his own article
1.he say it's not GOTY , yet he give it 5/5 and still stand by his review ?!
2.praise the game and then say it's not "Game" Of The Year because ......"Movies" are better in his opinion ?!
3.and then he go on and compare TLOU to TF movies ?!

WTF is going on with this guy ?

Rodney251378d ago

I love TLOU but why so much unnecessary hate for GTAV, it was an amazing game. Can't they both just be good.

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Elda1379d ago

You should be annoyed that you have no taste.

Irishguy951379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

Nah you see, as a fan of stories, the last of us story is so incredibly overrated. It's very typical of Naughty Dog to steal stories and then get awarded award after ward for it. The games story is the road with 'zombies'. Oh sorry did I say zombies? I meant people infected by a fungus which just happens to make people act like zombies.

Bioshock infinite was many times more creative in story that the last of us.

However - to the author. It's a video game not a movie. Despite how much of a rip off it is, the gameplay is decent with a rip off story. That's what ND do. Tell an already successful, extremely simple story, which some decent gameplay. The most important thing to ND is the cinematics.

Again -> ND can be compared to James camerons avatar. Which focuses on visuals above Story.

Edit - XD the themes of the Road are EXACTLY the same as The last of us. You can look at TloU and the road on a superficail level and think they ar somewhat copying, but when you get into the real meat of the stories, the similarities are just too much that it's only inspiration.

It's simple enough anyway, you won't find Bioshock infinites Story anywhere. NDs stories are incredibly overdone in all entertainment mediums

It's a shame they get this treatment when other devs that really try to create their own story don't get it.

Again - Visuals are ND's specialty. Don't get me wrong, teh story of the Last of us is good. It's know, the reason it's good is because it stole it's story from a well recieved book. Same as Uncharted modelling itself after indiana jones.

I still think the Game deserves Game of the Year. But it's definitely not perfect. Nor should they be praised for the story. Only the writing.

iamnsuperman1379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

You clearly havn't read/seen the road or played The Last OF Us since the story and themes are vastly different from each other. Just because there are two characters in a post apocalyptic world doesn't mean it steals from it. Inspiration maybe but inspiration isn't stealing.

Omran1379d ago

this is called inspiring not steal you smart ass
if we argue about stealing you can say that every game steal from other games !

we can say that resident evil cover system was stolen by epic games which they add the system to gears of war !

no how you will explain this

MattyG1379d ago

"Edit - XD the themes of the Road are EXACTLY the same as The last of us. You can look at TloU and the road on a superficail level and think they ar somewhat copying, but when you get into the real meat of the stories, the similarities are just too much that it's only inspiration."

Could you provide some examples? I read The Road this summer, and while the setting and tone are similar, I didn't feel the themes were. I'm curious to see what similarities you saw.

Nitrowolf21379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

You Can compare Bioshock Infinite to basically ANY movie about time traveling. The execuction of Infintie was brilliant, don't get me wrong and I loved the game. But if people are going to complain about Last of Us has some similarities to The Road then the same can be said about Infinite with basically any Movie about time travel. Also Singularity ends int he same way where you basically travel back in time to basically get yourself killed to end the original outcome. Look at The Butterfly effect. Sure the worlds are different, but isn't the world In the Road very different than the One in the Last of Us? Indeed they are (no zombies, it's basically cannalbalism and their is no cure, the planet is simply dying)

Infinite is hardly an "original' idea as the Last of Us is. Infinite is hardly an "original' idea as the Last of Us is. Any book about alt. Dimension/timeline has you being the bad guy as the plot twist. Don't come out and say Infinite story can't be found anywhere else.

N0gg1nsh0tz1379d ago

"Nor should they be praised for the story. Only the writing" ... So the story...

_QQ_1379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

Yeah pretty much, Mocap and presentation is really the most impressive thing about it. but the story is still great regardless but i agree it is really safe and similar. For me the gameplay is the low point. all these die hard fans will never admit that its not much different than your average cover based shooter, the only difference being the sway of the gun and that that you can sneak past a level without fighting if you want. Also this is just me but i'm so fatigued with Zombies/infected this gen. There is much to say about the gameplay, too much for one comment. In the end this year wasn't too strong and i haven't played GTAV so really i would give GOTY to TLOU or 3D world if i were to exclude DOTA2 which is my GOTY.

Anyone can make a site and give a GOTY. Also ignore these clowns talking about how it isn't similar. Personally i haven't read the road so i wouldn't know.

ginsunuva1379d ago

Infinite had NO story up until the last 10 minutes where it fell apart into Elizabeth going, "okay I've been keeping quiet and acting dumb the whole game, but now I'm going to explain everything in a few minutes."

Then it was a mess of parallel universes, time travel, and other misintepretations of physicists' works, jumbled together in a way I used to write sci-fi stories when I was in fourth and fifth grade, thinking I was clever for intertwining some imaginary concepts. But it's not hard at all when you're making a story based off sci-fi concepts that aren't real.

Yeah it dropped some hints along the way, but the whole story was about you trying to kill some old man for 90% of the game, in which it devolved into CoD-type shooting.
It did have pretty colors though.

Totoro171378d ago

I couldn't agree less. Naughty Dog was ballsy enough to tackle the post-apocalyptic scenario and make it completely their own. I've seen the movie The Road and besides being in a catastrophic scenario, the comparisons end there. This was a genius game that was had characters so deeply layered and flawed that it created scenarios that didn't have you guessing what would happen.

Bioshock Infinite was an amazing game and so was Borderlands 2, but TLOU was fucking brilliant and immersing.

quaneylfc1378d ago (Edited 1378d ago )

That's what i say about the last two Quentin Tarantino films, it is true yet i am still being called a dickhead for pointing it out. The new one was announced today and it has the same problem.

bjmartynhak1378d ago

Have you ever heard about Rapunzel?

Hell, watch Tangled, even the folk dance scene is similar.

Then add time travelling and all events that pass in one timeline become irrelevant, because there are infinite possibilities... so whatever.

dedicatedtogamers1378d ago (Edited 1378d ago )

Videogames rip off stories all the time. I haven't played a "unique" videogame story (as in, if you wrote down the game's story and then read it start to finish) in a very long time...probably not since the mid/late '90s PC RPGs.

So, why is it so terrible that a videogame finally ripped off a good book and did a great job of it? Plenty of other games could have also ripped off The Road - agreed? - and done a very terrible job. Last of Us actually managed to capture much of The Road's essence in a very believable way.

Funny, do you feel the same way about Red Dead Redemption's storyline? Nothing in that story was original, but it did a fantastic job of "ripping off" the best Westerns in literature. Interesting that you mention Bioshock Infinite's storyline: if you have even a passing interest in sci-fi you'll find that every single one of the game's tropes have been done before (and done better).

Elda1378d ago

No matter where it came from,the FACT is TLOU is a great game with a great story,case closed.

aRTCy1372d ago

So what your saying is that if someone designs a chair that they are stealing from every other chair made before?...TLOU isn't exactly like The Road and Uncharted isn't exactly like Indiana Jones. They are in the same genre, yes, but they are not the same.

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Neixus1379d ago

This article is a joke, why should he get annoyed because other people picked this as GOTY?

But I'm pretty sure this is just a bait to get clicks.
The last of us deserves every bit of praise =)

iceman13461379d ago

at this point it's safe to say this is the greatest game in the seventh console generation

Ultr1379d ago

The Last Of Us is definately more than a blockbuster movie. What a troll.
You finish it mess around with the multiplayer and move on? Hell no.
I finished this game 4 times already and I am not the only one, hell all my friends at least played it two times!!
There is way more to TLOU than just a fun action flic.
Maybe the author should start to realize that, especially after over 200 GOTY awards