GOTY | Number 1 — The Last of Us
How could this have not ended up being my number 1 game of the year? It was frankly a little unfair. The Last of Us is a game by veteran game design Naughty Dog, of Uncharted fame, about a zombie apocalypse featuring one of the strongest stories of the year. I recently changed the picture on my credit card to be a picture of the main characters for cripes sake. All that aside, I think many people will even agree with me that this is the best game made in 2013.
As I mentioned before, the hallmark of this game is the incredible story. Never have I been more moved by the first 20 minutes of anything since I went to see Pixar’s Up in theaters. Even after that, it was an incredibly hard game to put down and I found myself constantly pushing forward to see what came next. I also, on several occasions, exclaimed “Oh Snap!” to an empty room because of something that happened. The game is also easily the best-looking game I’ve played this year, which is a bit embarrassing for the next-fen consoles that launched later in the year. The design of the world made it easy to get sucked in and the performance capture of the characters and the voice-over was top-notch as well. There’s really very little to find fault in with this game, so I’ll just declare it my number 1 game on my top 10 list of the year and call it a year. See you in 2014 everyone!