Last week the team here at NoobFeed did some discussing, voting and made some tough decisions regarding our 2013 game of the year. After tallying up all the votes it came down to three games: BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us. We each had our own opinions regarding our own personal game of the year, and three of our editors came together to discuss the top contenders for this year's award.
It was a tough decision, but it came down to storyline, voice acting, art direction and the game's characters. All categories that The Last of Us won, or nearly won, in our special awards segment.
The Last of Us stood out because it brought us unique characters placed upon an entirely new backdrop. The Last of Us is a fresh new game that we can only hope does not become a washed up series, but will remain a much loved game with or without a sequel. Not only were PlayStation 3 fans introduced to Joel and Ellie in 2013, they were reminded what makes Naughty Dog such a great company.
With The Last of Us, Naughty Dog gave the industry another reason why video games are more than just games. From its early development The Last of Us had gorgeous concept art that matured into beautiful cinematics. From Ellie's scar to deserted buildings and weeded over environments, the details of the game's atmosphere went above and beyond other noteworthy games this year.
On top of the lush scenery, Joel and Ellie brought players along an emotional rollercoaster, making us feel as if we were a part of the story and knew the characters on a personal level . With a solid ending to boot, The Last of Us is a game deserving of awards beyond those given within the game industry.
Along with the artistic, story driven plot, The Last of Us offered fantastic gameplay with the single player mode and a multiplayer experience that continued to be updated throughout the year. Upgrading weapons and crafting shivs and 2x4s with protruding nails made taking down the infected that more entertaining than other apocalyptic themed games we've seen in the past.
For now it seems The Last of Us has a future. A few months back Naughty Dog announced the upcoming single player DLC titled Left Behind and it's set to release in early 2014. Therefore, if you haven't played The Last of Us, please do. You don't want to miss out on it or its further installments. If you disagree with our game of the year we want to hear why. Feel free to comment below and let us know what game was more deserving than The Last of Us.
Check out the links below for the complete list of our favorite games of the year, and here's to another great year of gaming in 2014!