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N4G GOTY Awards Call for Nominations (and a chance at a $50 Amazon GC)

It’s about time, right? Instead of letting the rest of the internet tell us what we like, let’s tell them.

Below are the categories we, the staff, have decided on for this year. At this stage we are accepting your nominations in these categories*. Once we refine all the nominations we will post again with information on voting. At this point there's no limit to nominations, so no pressure to decide your votes just now - nominate whatever you like!

Please comment below with the category and nomination(s) for that category. There’s no limit to your nominations, but we can't promise that every nomination will be used in the final poll.

- Keep nominations to games/studios/events/similar of calendar year 2013.
- HD remakes will not be included in nominations
- I’ve included some explanation/examples where I thought it helpful
- Nominations will no longer be considered for inclusion after 11:59 PM Monday, January 13, 2014.

****CONTEST ELEMENT****
If you submit (it may take multiple comments, so I'll make sure you have enough bubbles!) a nomination(s) in EVERY category you will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card (US, UK or CA). Deadline is 11:59 PM EST, January 13, 2014. Nominations must be valid (ex: no writing "TLOU" for every category).
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*WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR CATEGORY SUGGESTIONS RIGHT NOW. If you have an idea for a category be patient! After the inaugural voting I will have a survey and you will be able to submit your category suggestions for future years.
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2013 N4G GOTY Categories

1. Best New Studio
Studio with their first ever game released in 2013.

2. Best New IP

3. Best New Video Game Character

4. Game with Best Innovation
Moving a genre forward in either big ways that challenge conventional thinking or through subtle, nuanced techniques to a standard visual/gameplay/storytelling formula is what this selection is all about. These games have done that to varying degrees of success. How successful it's been implemented should be of less importance in comparison to the idea that simply captivates you the most.

5. Gaming News Story of the Year
From Sony's no DRM announcement to kids smack talking during a CoD tournament, to PAX performances or an Operation Supply Drop wow-moment, what RL gaming moments wowed you this year?

6. Best In-Game Moment

7. Most Replayable Game

8. Sequel Fail
The worst sequels. So bad they make you think about hating the previous game for ever letting this happen. 2013 release.

9. Best Single Player Experience

10. Best Multiplayer Experience

11. Best Story

12. Best Next-Gen Console
(Oh yeah, we went there)

13. Best Soundtrack

14. Best DLC

15. Best Handheld Game
(includes mobile)

16. Best Voice Acting

17. Best Art Direction

18. GOTY!
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That's it! Once you finish here stay tuned for the GC winner and the official N4G GOTY voting!

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_QQ_992d ago (Edited 992d ago )

5.Best news Story:Kranky Kong

6.Best in game momment: your first rampage in DOTA2

7.Most replayable game:DOTA2

9.Best single player:3D world or TLOU

10.Best multiplayer:DOTA2

11.Best story:Bioshock Infinite

12.Best nextgen console: Wiiu because for 2013 it had the best games of the 3.

14.Best DLC:StarCraft2 Heart of the Swarm

16.Best voive acting:TLOU

17.Best art direction: Ni No Kuni

18.GOTY:DOTA2

minimur12992d ago

1. Best New Studio: Galactic Cafe/The Stanley Parable
I'm prety sure this is their first game, anyway

2. Best New IP: TLOU

3. Best New Video Game Character: Joel Banderas/Miller ;)

4. Game with Best Innovation:

5. Gaming News Story of the Year: Gotta be the xbox one reveal and how much it was entertainment oriented, Woohoo! The Price is Right!

6. Best In-Game Moment: Defeating a Man o' War for the first time in A_C 4, I've even got it recorded on my PS4! :)

7. Most Replayable Game: Definitely Assassins Creed 4, sunk 50+ hours into it

8. Sequel Fail: Dead Space 3

9. Best Single Player Experience: I'll do it out of funness, Assassins Creed 4

10. Best Multiplayer Experience: The Last Of Us, the multiplayer community on there is so awesome, only online place I use chat on.

11. Best Story: The Last of Us, made me cry, cry and cry again!

12. Best Next-Gen Console: Pft. PS4 :)

13. Best Soundtrack: Assassins Creed 4
(like it has even dissapointed before)

14. Best DLC: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon

15. Best Handheld Game: Tearaway

16. Best Voice Acting: Stephen Ogg as Trevor

17. Best Art Direction: Killzone: Shadowfall
not all shooters have to be gritty and dark, you know? :)

18. GOTY!: The Last oF Us

minimur12991d ago

oh noes I left out best innovation, that game will have to be.... erm

Tearaway

Ezz2013989d ago (Edited 989d ago )

1. Best New Studio : Harebrained Schemes (Shadowrun Returns)

2. Best New IP : The Last Of Us

3. Best New Video Game Character : Joel/Ellie

4. Best Innovation : Tearaway

5. Gaming News Story of the Year (formerly Best RL Gaming Moment) : Microsoft X1 reveal

6. Best In-Game Moment : When Joel was going after the guys who took Ellie ...man, even i felt angry about them taking her

7. Most Replayable Game : TLOU 5 times already and Batman Arkham Origins 2 times

8. Sequel Fail : DmC

9. Best Single Player Experience : The Last of Us

10. Best Multiplayer Experience : The Last of Us

11. Best Story : The Last of Us

12. Best Next-Gen Console : PS4

13. Best Soundtrack : AC4/TLOU/Batman Ao

14. Best DLC : The Knife of Dunwall

15. Best Handheld Game : Tearaway

16. Best Voice Acting : The Cast of Last of US

17. Best Art Direction : TLOU/God Of War Ascension

18. GOTY! : The Last of Us

fardan85992d ago

1. Best New Studio
The Fullbright Company's
2. Best New IP
The Last Of Us
3. Best New Video Game Character
Joel - The Last Of Us
4. Game with Best Innovation
Tearaway
5. Gaming News Story of the Year
Sony's no DRM announcement
6. Best In-Game Moment
Saving Elie in the hospital - The Last Of Us
7. Most Replayable Game
God OF War: Ascension
8. Sequel Fail
DMC
9. Best Single Player Experience
The Last Of Us
10. Best Multiplayer Experience
God Of War: Ascention
11. Best Story
BioShock Inf
12. Best Next-Gen Console
PS4
13. Best Soundtrack
The Last Of Us
14. Best DLC
BorderLands 2 Tiny Tina attack on dragon's keep
15. Best Handheld Game
Pokémon X/Y
16. Best Voice Acting
The Last Of Us
17. Best Art Direction
BioShock Inf
18. GOTY!
The Last Of Us

HammadTheBeast992d ago

1. Best New Studio
Studio with their first ever game released in 2013.

Galactic Cafe - The Stanley Parable

2. Best New IP - The Last of Us

3. Best New Video Game Character - Ellie(TLoU)

4. Game with Best Innovation

Paper's Please

5. Gaming News Story of the Year

No DRM on PS4

6. Best In-Game Moment

Back to Rapture in Infinite.

7. Most Replayable Game

Resogun

8. Sequel Fail

DmC (In a way)

9. Best Single Player Experience

Bioshock Infinie

10. Best Multiplayer Experience

GTA V

11. Best Story

The Last of Us

12. Best Next-Gen Console

PS4

13. Best Soundtrack

The Last of Us

14. Best DLC

Bioshock Infinite DLC

15. Best Handheld Game
(includes mobile)

Killzone Mercenary

16. Best Voice Acting

Troy Baker

17. Best Art Direction

Stanley Parable
18. GOTY!

Last of Us

GTgamer992d ago

1. Best New Studio
Ummmm i got nothing
2. Best New IP
The Last Of Us

3. Best New Video Game Character
Joel Last of Us

4. Game with Best Innovation
GTAV dynamic character switch in an open world

5. Gaming News Story of the Year
Microsoft's DRM announcement

6. Best In-Game Moment
The Last of US last chapter saving Ellie last Chapter

7. Most Replayable Game
Lego Marvel super hero's

8. Sequel Fail
Dead Island Riptide

9. Best Single Player Experience
The Last of Us

10. Best Multiplayer Experience
GTAV

11. Best Story
BioShock infinite

12. Best Next-Gen Console
PS4

13. Best Soundtrack
The Last of Us

14. Best DLC
Far Cry Blood Dragon

15. Best Handheld Game
Tearaway

16. Best Voice Acting
The Cast of Last of US

17. Best Art Direction
Ni No Kuni

18. GOTY!
The Last of US

Gozer991d ago (Edited 991d ago )

PS4 will get Best New Console just because most of the people here support sony. Yeah, I went there. Should be worth a $25 gift card.

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Nitrowolf2992d ago (Edited 992d ago )

1.
2. Best New IP - The Last of Us
3. Best New Game Character - GTA V Trevor
4. Best Innovation - Tearaway!
5. Best News - PS4 Price Point
6. Best In-Game Moment - The Last of Us Spoiler: When Joel Gets Pierced with a rod and you have to fight your way out of the hospital.
7. Most Replayable Game - GTA V
8. Sequel Fail - IDK if this count, but seeing that it's a sequel to Aliens and Prequel to 3, Aliens Colonial Marines. What a load of garbage for a game that is cannon. Otherwise, Dead Space 3.
9. Best Single Player Experience - The Last of Us
10. Best Multiplayer Experience - The Last of Us
11. Best Story - The Last of Us
12. Best Next Gen - PS4
13. Best Sound Track - Tearaway
14. Best DLC - BF4 China Rising
15. Best Handheld - Tearaway
16. Best Voice Acting - The Last of Us/GTA 5
17. Best Art Direction - . Ni No Kuni. Have you seen this game? It looks and is amazing. Absolutely great work with color direction.

18. GOTY - Obviously The Last of Us

SynGamer992d ago

1. Harebrained Schemes
2. The Last of Us
3. Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite)
4. The Last of Us
5. Sony Announcing PS4 price at $399 at E3
6. Battlefield 4 – Bringing down a skyscraper
7. Gran Turismo 6
8. Aliens: Colonial Marines
9. The Last of Us
10. Killzone: Shadow Fall
11. The Last of Us
12. PlayStation 4
13. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
14. Burial at Sea Episode 1 (Bioshock Infinite)
15. Persona 4: Golden
16. Troy Baker
17. Ni No Kuni
18. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Murad991d ago

Dude, I love your number one. The content that they made for SR was so much that honestly, I think the game might be over 100+ hours long easy.

Bladesfist992d ago

Am I the only one who has trouble remembering all the games they played and enjoyed through the year?

wynams992d ago

1. Best New Studio : Harebrained Schemes (Shadowrun Returns)

2. Best New IP : Papers, Please

3. Best New Video Game Character : Trevor GTAV

4. Best Innovation : Tearaway

5. Gaming News Story of the Year (formerly Best RL Gaming Moment) : Microsoft X1 reveal

6. Best In-Game Moment : saving all the humans the first time in Resogun

7. Most Replayable Game : GTAV

8. Sequel Fail : Valhalla Knights 3

9. Best Single Player Experience : The Last of Us

10. Best Multiplayer Experience : Diablo 3

11. Best Story : The Last of Us

12. Best Next-Gen Console : PS4

13. Best Soundtrack : AC4 ... love the chanties!!

14. Best DLC : The Knife of Dunwall

15. Best Handheld Game : Fire Emblem Awakening

16. Best Voice Acting : Tearaway

17. Best Art Direction : Dragon's Crown

18. GOTY! : The Last of Us

coolbeans992d ago (Edited 992d ago )

Everyone: try to do it in this order here. It'll be much easier when we're getting ready to count everything up.

Edit: Nothing inherently wrong with tossing in descriptions too like superman and FogKnight, I guess. Just remember there's a 2k character limit.

Murad991d ago

I totally nominate this list. Except for Diablo 3, since I found that to be more so a money maker, rather than a true multiplayer experience.

_QQ_992d ago (Edited 992d ago )

GOTY:DOTA2

HammadTheBeast991d ago

I don't think it's fair to give online MP games GOTY awards when they're designed to exist over many years and constantly change.