Microsoft Game Studios Head Reacts to D.I.C.E. Awards: Praises The Last of Us and Forza

Microsoft Game Studios Honcho Phil Spencer has always been quite fair when talking about the competition, and he shown the same attitude yesterday, when he commented on the results of the D.I.C.E. Awards, from which Naughty Dog's The Last of Us came out with a landslide victory made of ten top honors including Game of the Year, while sparing a word of praise for Forza 5 as well.

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Angels37851769d ago (Edited 1769d ago )

But the last of us is highly overrated guys!!!!!!

Just because critics....developers...
and the heads of the company that I devote my life to say its a masterpiece doesn't mean its good!!!! im not crazy!!! It sucks!!!

The last of us sucks!!!!!


OT: the last of us is truly a masterpiece and I enjoyed every minute of it

For those who don't get the sarcasm......its pointing at those who discredit the last of us' s accomplishments (usually from the Microsoft side) with literally nothing to back it up. Its acclaim is universal and they should be commended.

hankmoody1769d ago

I'm borderline curious as to what the point of your point is.

darthv721769d ago

His point is to point out that there is no point in making points about anything.

Angels37851769d ago (Edited 1769d ago )

You must not be familiar with n4g antics.......or sarcasm for that matter

Edit: Couldn't agree more dboy

And people read the first sentence and missed the sarcasm unlike you

Thatguy-3101769d ago

People say that the game is overrated and that only sony "drones" praise it like no tomorrow. The game is loved by both gamers and developers.

GribbleGrunger1769d ago

Yes but there's no need to draw attention to it. It's one thing 'responding' to people you disagree with, it's another bating comments you disagree with.

creatchee1769d ago


"People say that the game is overrated and that only sony "drones" praise it like no tomorrow."

The thing is, nobody says that. The game has universal acclaim with critics and gamers alike. Angels is stirring a pot that doesn't exist.

Outside_ofthe_Box1769d ago (Edited 1769d ago )

***"The thing is, nobody says that"***

Define "nobody." I do recall, during VGX especially, a lot of people saying TLOU was overrated and doesn't deserve GOTY and that GTAV was much more deserving of the honor.

MysticStrummer1769d ago (Edited 1769d ago )

@creatchee - This is at least the second time you've said something that made me wonder if you even read what people say here. Yes, there are XB and Nintendo fanboys on here who do not fall into the "universal acclaim" category when talking about TLoU. They say it is overrated.

Edit - That's fine, by the way, but don't pretend it doesn't happen.

creatchee1769d ago

Okay fine, maybe some idiots call TLOU of us overrated or just a game for "drones", but is it really that prevalent to post as Angels did?

Skizelli1769d ago

Opinions do vary. My brother and I personally loved the game. The gameplay itself wasn't anything to write home about, but the character performances, the environments, and the story were all pretty great.

A friend of mine disagrees, however.

PudgeySan1768d ago

This comment made my morning haha, You my fellow friend are awesome.

PeaSFor1768d ago (Edited 1768d ago )

haters can hate all day long and whine about how Ellie dont go all "leeroy jenkins" when you play stealthy, it will never change the fact that i enjoyed the HELL out of the game.

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erathaol1769d ago

Wonder what Naughty Dogs trophy room looks like.

Uncharted 2 and Last of Us awards everywhere.


Angels37851769d ago (Edited 1769d ago )

They probably have a few rooms by now....and are getting a new one for their future projects :)

Don't forget uncharted 3 awards too!! Heck I think even the first won some.....

PoSTedUP1769d ago

*goes to open door*... ... ... "the door wont open, something is blocking it from the other side".

its not a room anymore, its a solid square block of trophys once considered to be a "room" or "space". XD

psman0121769d ago

@Angels - the first one was actually my favorite of the three! I think I beat that damn game at least 6 times...

SteamPowered1769d ago (Edited 1769d ago )

Ok Angel,
Cant get the lid off your new meds?

dasbeer881769d ago

I'm still hesitant whether one should cuss the hell out of Phil Spencer or actually give him a pat on the back for saying something generous to his competitors.

Spurg1769d ago

He always say good thing about the competition...
People tend to think he is one of those Ms douche bags when he's're highly mistaken.
People think he a douche since he announced the price for the console at E3...he wasn't the one responsible for the pricing....the higher up were.

He is gonna be one of the reason why Ms will pump out more exclusives.

B-radical1769d ago

Phil really is the best guy at MS he listen and talks to peeps on twitter and hes bringing some games along and giving updates

Syntax-Error1769d ago (Edited 1769d ago )

He didnt announce the price at E3, Mattrick did. Phil Harrison and Phil Spencer have always been the head honchos over there. He IS the higher up. Not only is he responsible for the pricing, he's also the one that defended it. With that being said, he's also a good guy. He has no problem giving credit where its due. He was the one that congratulated Sony on it's launch. He likes games...period. You're right, he will be the sole reason MS will make sure their exclusives are top notch.

Angeljuice1769d ago (Edited 1769d ago )

" give him a pat on the back for saying something generous to his competitors."

It's not like he could be very positive about anything Microsoft released for the 360 in 2013, so it's a case of "say something positive about Sony's titles and 3rd parties or say nothing at all."

Microsoft took another gap-year in terms of 360 development last year.

Spurg1768d ago

@Syntax-Error was Phil Spencer that was on the stage when the price was announced.

Phil is head of Ms game studios....the console price, specs and all that should be in other peoples hands....(I might be wrong)

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hankmoody1769d ago

I mean, it's just an opinion that people have. If they come on here crying that it's overrated, it's just that. An opinion. If it wins GOTY at DICE, does that necessarily mean that anyone who disagrees is wrong? No, not at all.

Now, if people are saying the game is overrated without playing it, then that's just ridiculous. Not to mention stupid.

I did get the sarcasm in your remark but why waste your time with all that? To rub it in the faces of those who aren't crazy about the game? I just think that in order to make N4G a better site as far as forums and comments go, this kind of response is what we need to cut back on and we can all just go the decent, mature route and not feed the trolls while acting like one ourselves.

Me? I think the game is great and worthy of contention for GOTY status but I find that it lacks any kind of replay value personally. Like I've said before, you give me a choice between GTA V and The Last of Us to take to a desert island and GTA V will win that decision out. The Last of Us might have the better story but as an overall package, GTA V wins out.

Then again, that's just my opinion.

shinrock1769d ago

I like how you think. Bub up 2 u.

thegreatklemba1769d ago

Well i personal think gta 5 sucked and that ending made me never want to touch the game again in my life and had such a bad time with the online i wanted to burn the game on a very large stick. The last of us i played at least 5 times over and still play the online from time time to time. I returned gta 5 after the 5th time my character got erased online.Trevor was the only saving grace for gta 5 that made it remotely interesting. I also think the sandbox game play is the freaking boring and the same since vice city and I've been playing gta games since the very first one. Vice city was the last very good gta game I could actually go back to and replay
then again, this is just my opinion

ThePope1769d ago

Im an Xbox fanboy and The Last of Us is the best game I've ever played.

cell9891769d ago

I know for a fact you are an xbox fan, so the honesty is well appreciated

ThePope1769d ago

I was at my buddies the other day and he has a PS4, and we were playing Madden. I have to be honest while the new controller is awesome, its too wide. it felt really funny in my hands, especially coming from the Xbox One controller which is like holding a scale model of a controller, its just a lot smaller (which I like)

Eonjay1769d ago (Edited 1769d ago )

It was actually an xbox fanboy that told me about TLOU.

trywizardo1769d ago

angel3785 used confuse ray , critical hit

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Pogmathoin1769d ago

Angel looking for attention and a bubble? A lot of things are said on this site, but most of us agree Tlou was awesome..... Idiots from both sides attack great games because its on the other system, but Tlou stood above this.... I think your just being insecure and are being a bad losing fanboy..... Move on....

Aghashie1769d ago

Is truly frustrating to notice that most people replaying to ur comment didn't actually read it.

Point and click generation :/

MikeGdaGod1769d ago

please believe me!!!

TLOU was great!!!

Vames1769d ago

Good game, and I have played. Still curious why fanboys rate it so highly, yet it only sold over 4 million copies. Every Sony exclusive is the same thing. It's like everyone be waiting on the game to hit PS+

brich2331769d ago

Internet sarcasm doesnt work.

Perjoss1769d ago

Sarcasm, the poor man's humour, I'll have nothing to do with this foolishness.

kopicha1769d ago

well all they like to make up is that just because they think simply because their game sold more = being a better than then the counterpart's camp. But the fact is Sony has more exclusives to offer and gamers have a choice when come down to exclusives. But on the other hand you really dont have much choice when come down to 360 exclusives. There are some exclusives I didnt buy on PS3 does not mean they are bad game in anyway. It is just simply because I do not fancy the game. Eg, I didnt get resistance 3, simply because I not a huge FPS fan. But I bought Halo not because I love FPS, but I have no other choice on the 360 than that. You simply have limited selection each year to choose from. And besides that it is all 3rd parties which is on both platform. It just cannot justify owning a 360. Does that make Halo a better game to me? No... neither it is a bad game but definitely it does not mean better than other games.

I think end of the day true gamers should try to accept things with open heart. That way you can truly enjoy more good games. Than fanboying which bring hate in you towards games that should not be overlook.

deafdani1768d ago (Edited 1768d ago )

I'm one of these people that thinks TLOU is overrated. That doesn't make me a Microsoft fanboy, it just makes me someone with an opinion. (I don't even have a Xbox anymore, whereas I'm on my third PS3 now, and I hope to be able to buy a PS4 sometime this year).

Also, me thinking it's overrated does not equate to me thinking it sucks. Far from it. TLOU is a damn good game, I just don't think it's the timeless masterpiece almost everybody make it out to be.

PudgeySan1768d ago

I think your dead wrong, and should be stoned for not knowing a great game when you see and that doesn't make an asshole, It's just my opinion.

deafdani1768d ago (Edited 1768d ago )

@PudgeySan: well, that escalated quickly.

Really now, are you serious? I already said in my post that TLOU is a "damn good game". I just don't think it will stand the test of time well, gameplay-wise.

Everything that the game did amazingly, it did it to serve the narrative. That is where it shines. But the gameplay, albeit well-polished, is absolutely nothing to write home about, and is, in fact, extremely limited and repetitive. There's very, very little depth to it.

On the other hand, I have a couple of people tell me that the experience changes a lot when you play in the harder difficulties, and admittedly, I played it only on normal mode. Maybe I should give it another go in the hardest difficulty. Yet I'm pretty sure that 99% of game critics out there that are lauding it as the best game ever made, only played it on normal.

xxShadow-Shockxx1768d ago

Halo is overrated, the last of us is a masterpiece. You must have not played it

deafdani1768d ago (Edited 1768d ago )

Funny how opinion works, doesn't it? You call Halo overrated, yet call Last of Us a masterpiece, as a matter of fact.

Yet both games have had stupidly high critical acclaim. So, what makes you the bearer of the absolute truth to agree with the consensus in one game, and dismiss the consensus on another?

You are completely within your rights to feel like Halo is overrated. But then again, so do I on thinking TLOU is overrated, as well.

The fact I don't think as fondly of one game as you do, doesn't mean I haven't played it. Trust me, I have, and I actually loved the narrative, and most of all, the ending.

But I have just as much right to have an opinion of something as you do.

xxShadow-Shockxx1768d ago

The fact that there's not 30 games for the last of us, along with movies, tv shows and every thing else. The only reason halo is talked about so much is because that's their flagship title, sony has a bunch of flagship titles

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Im want to say this real quick to all the Forza 5 haters. Does Forza 5 look bad? I have the game and I think it looks wonderful! I don't care if they dumbed down the lighting and crowd from the E3 model, as the game still looks great and runs perfect on my Xbox and never dips below 60fps. I know the PS4 is more powerful (Duh) but Im tired of people acting like the X1 can't run games at 1080p 60fps, hell, even the WiiU has games at those specs, it just the X1 can't handle the same graphics of PS4 games at the same specs so please... stop saying the X1 CAN'T do 1080p and 60fps, because it can and we all know it can. :)


I do, as an open minded Xbox Owner (soon to be PS4 as well) it's hard to have the will power to be on this site most of the time :/ But I like it because of the quick news.

-Foxtrot1769d ago

Forza 5 dosen't look bad, it's just a major downgrade from Forza 4 and I'm stumped to why it's getting so much praise.

It's showing me as a gamer that reviewers seem to either be oblivious to this or they are unfairly letting it slide for just this game.

The cars are always an improvement but everything else just seems...meh

MightyNoX1769d ago

You hit the nail on the head. Why do you think we see all these 'acceptable' jokes? When you have no other bullets in the chamber, you'll hype acceptable till the cows come home. We'll be heating about Forza 5 all up to 2017.

Back on topic: congrats, Naughty Dog.

DragonKnight1769d ago

As usual, Jim Sterling has the answer to your question.


Which also ties nicely into his rhymedown about the Xbox One here.


Skip to 2:30 and just laugh.

cell9891769d ago

sure it can, if youre porting last gen graphic techniques.

denero11769d ago

it's okay the only console i've ever owned is a ps2,ps3 and soon ps4 and the fanboyism here from sony fans gets me facepalming sometimes

I didn't forget last gen when xbox 360 users would rag on ps3 users about resolution or framerates it's just to repeatly have to hear about one consoles lack of something is sooo tiresome

it's like me getting a extra cookie and constantly harassing the other kid for only getting one

XanderZane1768d ago

Forza 5 is just awesome. I have the Drivatar features. True, the game is lacking in features do to the game being rushed out as a launch title, but what's here is still very good. I can only image what Forza 6 & Forza Horizons 2 is going to like. Pretty much all the games coming out after the E3 will be 1080p native 30fps/60fps.

xxShadow-Shockxx1768d ago

It's not that the xbox can't, it can on the less resourced games like racers, fighters, but when it comes to the bigger games it can't like tomb raider, and cod. The ps4 can run 98% of games at it. Btw I have both systems and they are both awesome, the ps4 performs and looks better but that's obvious with the power difference. If your getting both then that's awesome.

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iceman13461769d ago

you know what i just realized ?! TLOU is officially the most well recieved game of all time by critics

XanderZane1768d ago

That would probably be Mario Galaxy & Mario Galaxy 2.

PrinceOfAllSaiyans1769d ago

Yep TLOU is the most awarded game in video gaming history. I really hope ND releases a The Last of Us GOTY edition for PS4 with Left Behind dlc.

isa_scout1769d ago

You just made my mouth water...
That's the only regret I have about selling my PS3 to buy my PS4. Don't get me wrong I LOVE MY PS4, but there's a sad feeling of dread knowing that the 14th is inching closer and I am going to be "Left Behind".

deadfrag1769d ago (Edited 1769d ago )

Dont sell the ps3!Problem solve!

LKHGFDSA1769d ago

yeah I think it'd be great to have a Tomb Raider style port (less the price tag) with Dualshock 4 features.

Alot of people say it was good enough on PS3, but I think it deserves an enhanced version with no jaggies etc.

Gore-Content1769d ago

What else are they gonna do? Their reputation has been down the toilet recently. This is a great opportunity to gain back some respect.

DragonKnight1769d ago

Not really. People will still see MS as scummy and only giving praise because it's proper not because they mean it.