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The Golden Claymore Awards 2013, Day 7

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The year 2013 has been huge for gaming. We got sequels, originals, remakes, revamps, and everything in between. In fact, this year has been one of the most debated since the beginning of Front Towards Gamer – so much came out, and so much deserves recognition.

To manage the sheer amount of awards we have to give this year, the 2013 Golden Claymore Awards have been spread out over the course of seven days. It’s day seven, and everything comes down to this. Front Towards Gamer proudly presents its game of the year.

Game of the Year – The Last of Us

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What’s left to be said about The Last of Us? We already gave it our “Best PS3,” “Best Single Player,” and “Best Multiplayer” awards, so you know it’s the complete package; many sites around internet are also crowning it as the best of the year, so you know it’s objectively good. The characters of Joel and Ellie go through actual development arcs – a factor missing from so many other titles. Even tertiary characters get their due; people like Bill and Tess would be throwaway filler in so many other titles, but not here. Gameplay grows the more you play, from stealth mechanics to shooting to crafting. Levels progress in perfect geographical, chronological, thematic, and dramatic ways.

The Last of Us is simply the best game Naughty Dog could have made, the culmination of their work from Crash Bandicoot to Uncharted. It’s the best game from that studio, the best game on the PS3, and probably the best game of the generation. If you asked me to show you the height of video game writing, storytelling, and performance, I’d show you The Last of Us. If you asked me to represent 2013 gaming with one title, I’d show you The Last of Us. If you asked me to show you the best game of the year, I’d show you The Last of Us.

- Tony Wilson, Reviews Editor

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