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PlayStation Blog Game of the Year Awards 2013: The winners

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It’s happening! Your votes have been tallied! See below for the results of the second annual PlayStation Blog Game of the Year Awards, as voted by you, as well as Editors’ Choice picks from the PlayStation Blog staff. Also, be sure to listen to the new episode of PlayStation Blogcast for more insight into the SCEA team’s selections.

PS4 Game of the Year 2013

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2013 - PS4 Platinum

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag

Assassin's Creed IV
Ubisoft Montreal’s seafaring epic Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag scored the Platinum award despite fierce competition from Killzone Shadow Fall. Battlefield 4 and PlayStation Store shoot ‘em up Resogun also secured award positions. Though not securing awards, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Knack saw plenty of votes as well.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2013 - Editor's Choice

Resogun - “Battlefield 4′s majestic multiplayer modes nearly stole the show for me, but ultimately I had to choose Housemarque’s brilliant shmup based solely on the number of hours I pumped into it. The game is almost impossible to put down and, like Spelunky, reinforces the notion that simpler is often better.”

- Sid Shuman, Manager, US PlayStation Blog

Resogun – “Housemarque’s deliriously exciting retro-fabulous shoot ‘em up scorched my eyeballs and seduced my senses, taking up permanent residence on my PS4. Gaming at its purest. Love it.”

- Fred Dutton, Manager, EU PlayStation Blog

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – “Black Flag has an almost overwhelming amount of content sewn into a breathtaking slice of the Caribbean. It satisfies every craving, from swordplay to stealth, from customisation to crafting. And perhaps most importantly, your crew sings shanties as you sail. The coolness of this cannot be overstated.”

- Ryan Clements, US PlayStation.Blog

Resogun – “When you think “next-generation,” I doubt the first type of game that springs to mind is a cylyindrical, side-scrolling shoot ‘em up. Resogun, from industry vets Housemarque, excels in every aspect of its design. The true genius of Resogun, however, lies in its deceptive scoring systems. Just when you think you know the best route to the top of the leaderboards, you discover a new trick that forces you to completely rework your now obsolete strategies. In Housemarque we trust.”

- Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

Resogun – “The other gents here have been – rightfully – praising Resogun for its devilish good looks and soulfully satisfying shootery, but what’s intrigued me most about it thus far is the almost Dark Souls-like community element of everyone figuring out its secrets and paths to the best scores, together. A game that could just as easily have been a box checked on a launch list that turned out to be a deep, thoughtfully assembled arcade adventure of discovery.”

- Nick Suttner, PlayStation Blogcast

PS3 Game of the Year 2013

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2013 - PS3 Platinum

The Last of Us

The Last of Us
Naughty Dog’s blockbuster The Last of Us dominated this year’s PS3 category, with Grand Theft Auto V also finishing strong. Ni No Kuni and BioShock Infinite rounded out the list of winners, though it’s worth noting that Beyond: Two Souls and Tomb Raider both saw robust support.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2013 - Editor's Choice

The Last of Us – “A highwater mark for PS3, and a welcome shot in the arm for all of us after a little more sophistication and nuance from our AAA gaming. Along with Beyond: Two Souls and GT6 it might have heralded the end of a console era, but it also felt like the start of something – and if this is the direction our blockbusters take henceforth, count me happy.”

- Fred Dutton, Manager, EU PlayStation.Blog

The Last of Us – “Naughty Dog’s blockbuster is buoyed by breakthrough performances and a story that will make you wonder whose side you’re really on. Even the multiplayer mode is a star in its own right. Be sure to play this one before you make the switch to PS4!”

- Sid Shuman, Manager, US PlayStation.Blog

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – “Who knew that a cyborg samurai, action-RPG hybrid with stealth elements would rock so hard? Everyone. Everyone knew that, because it sounds awesome. In execution, developer Platinum Games crafted a blisteringly fast, endlessly satisfying combat engine with a fine, kung fu gloss.”

- Ryan Clements, US PlayStation.Blog

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – “In only a few hours, Brothers explores the resilient human element that ties together the very best works of fiction in such a beautiful, fundamental way – and even more impressively, in a manner that only video games can accomplish. I had moments of giddy elation, crushing sadness, and an emotional connection to the protagonists that far exceed the (albeit brilliant) mechanical one.”

- Nick Suttner, PlayStation Blogcast

The Last of Us – “Naughty Dog did it again. Brutal and beautiful at the same time, they created a new IP that surpasses everything we have seen in the industry. Plus, the Santaolalla soundtrack is almost too perfect. Joelbanderas.gif”

- Lorenzo Grajales, LATAM PlayStation Blog

PS Vita Game of the Year 2013

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2013 - PS Vita Platinum

Tearaway

Tearaway
In a tight race for the PS Vita Platinum award, Media Molecule’s highly reviewed Tearaway ultimately prevailed. Killzone Mercenary’s strong showing earned it a Gold, while Rayman Legends and Soul Sacrifice filled out the PS Vita winner’s circle. Dragon’s Crown and Guacamelee! also scored plenty of votes, but not quite enough to place.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2013 - Editor's Choice

Spelunky – “Simply put, Spelunky is the most impressive platformer I’ve played in years. Despite its murderously punishing difficulty, this randomly generated gem always manages to lure you back for just one more go. And it’s riddled with mouthwatering secrets that’ll keep you playing for months. Anyone visit Hell or pull off an eggplant run?”

- Sid Shuman, Manager, US PlayStation Blog

Velocity Ultra – “Tough category! For my money, Futurlab’s classy, clever blaster just pips the Tearaway, Spelunky and Hotline Miami. No other game I played this year so brilliantly layered mechanic-upon-mechanic, slowly transforming you from slow-witted cannon fodder to master thumb ninja. Bring on Velocity 2X.”

- Fred Dutton, Manager, EU PlayStation Blog

Spelunky – “Another masterclass in game design, Derek Yu’s Spelunky starts the player off slow – almost frustratingly so. About half a day after telling yourself, “Maybe this game just isn’t for me,” new ideas and strategies start to manifest. Before you know it, you’ve barely scraped your way to the end of the Mines… then a while after that you conquer the Jungle… then you start hearing whispers of things like a “City of Gold” and something about eggplants. Spelunky doesn’t grab you at first… but give it some time and it will become a part of your very fabric as a gamer.”

- Justin Massongill, US PlayStation Blog

Dragon’s Crown – “Garbed in eye-popping fantasy art, Dragon’s Crown boasts a staggering degree of replayability. It invites return play, tempting us with glittering treasures and stage-searing spells. With six heroes to master and secret paths to traverse, Dragon’s Crown is as rewarding as it is beautiful.”

- Ryan Clements, US PlayStation Blog

Tearaway – “One of the most creative games in the universe, with a lovable character, awesome level design, and the best use of the PS Vita features, Tearaway should be a lesson in the videogame universities of the future.”

- Lorenzo Grajales, LATAM PlayStation Blog

Best Digital Release 2013

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2013 - Best Digital Release Platinum

Resogun

Resogun
A tight race between Resogun and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon ultimately went in favor of Housemarque’s addictive shmup for the Platinum prize. The newly released Minecraft: PS3 Edition and Guacamelee also scored highly, just outpacing critical hits Hotline Miami and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2013 - Editor's Choice

Guacamelee! (PS3/PS Vita) – “Drinkbox threw a bunch of my favourite things into a blender – classic Metroidvania mechanics, primary colours, Mexican food, chicken punching – and came up with a predictably heady confection. In a year of cracking 2D platformers, this was el pijama del gato (thank you, Google Translate).”

- Fred Dutton, Manager, EU PlayStation Blog

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PS3) – “At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Starbreeze’s daring new PlayStation Store title. Controlling two characters simultaneously, one with each analogue stick, is certainly a novel gameplay idea. But Brothers backs it up with a story worth telling and characters worth caring about. And all without uttering a single (intelligible) word!”

- Sid Shuman, Manager, US PlayStation.Blog

Super Motherload (PS4) – “This surprisingly dark digging game is a superb example of “pick up and play.” There’s a special sort of fun in tunneling deep beneath the surface of Mars, collecting previous ores, and earning money to unlock game-changing upgrades. Not only that, but Super Motherload encourages smart plays with ore combinations, special items, and puzzles. Highly recommended.”

- Ryan Clements, US PlayStation.Blog

Guacamelee! – “Drinkbox took all the coolest things from my childhood and put them in an awesome videogame on both PS3 and PS Vita. Playing the best luchadores-themed game as a Mexican, helped too.”

- Lorenzo Grajales, LATAM PlayStation Blog

Spelunky (PS3/PS Vita) – “Yep, more Spelunky. Learning about how its bits fit together was a near path to madness/obsession in a world where confidence is recklessness, but I’ve enjoyed every one of my hundreds (thousands?) of attempts at the same mad-libbed adventure more than the last. And with the inspired Daily Challenge feature, I think I might slot in into my routine right after brushing my teeth before bed, until I’m stinky bones in the ground.”

- Nick Suttner, PlayStation Blogcast

Most Anticipated 2014 Game

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2013 - Most Anticipated Game Platinum

inFAMOUS Second Son

inFAMOUS Second Son
Sucker Punch’s eagerly awaited inFAMOUS Second Son, out March 21st, handily scored the most votes, with Watch_Dogs, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and Destiny duking it out for the remaining spots. Competition was fierce in this category, with strong showings from The Order: 1886, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Dark Souls II. One thing’s clear: the 2014 game lineup is looking bright indeed.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2013 - Editor's Choice

Destiny (PS3/PS4) – “Well, duh. It’s Bungie. If the epic story and seamless co-op play don’t get me, the competitive play surely will. Also: Bungie.”

- Sid Shuman, Manager, US PlayStation Blog

Transistor (PS4) – “The follow-up to Supergiant’s universally-acclaimed debut, Bastion. Everything about Transistor appeals directly to my interests: a surreal, futuristic painted art style, an ominous soundtrack backed by butterfly-inducing, melancholy vocals, a clever new battle system that mixes real-time action with turn-based strategy, and the coolest use of DualShock 4′s light bar we’ve seen yet (it pulses when the sword talks!). We don’t know a ton about Transistor yet, but I’ve got my gaze fixed squarely on it heading into 2014.”

- Justin Massongill, US PlayStation Blog

Dark Souls 2 (PS3) – “Just hook it to my veins.”

- Fred Dutton, Manager, EU PlayStation.Blog

Destiny (PS3/PS4) – “A blissful combination of so many things that make gaming great. Epic science fiction, rich lore, ample loot, cooperative play, special abilities, and giant space-faring spheres protecting humanity for generations. Destiny has it all! Especially the giant sphere.”

- Ryan Clements, US PlayStation Blog

The Witness (PS4) – “I’ve been bestowed with more of a sneak peek than most, so I can’t say too much, but you also don’t need to play very far into The Witness to see the brilliance behind its puzzle design and world-building (and stunning aesthetic, of course). It’s something truly special, and even in an indie paradise of Transistor, N++, Sportsfriends and Octodad (wow!), it’s still my most-anticipated game.”

- Nick Suttner, PlayStation Blogcast

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chrisboers 23 December, 2013 @ 6:06 pm   1

It’s obviously been an excellent year for gaming, seeing all those winners and runners-up. I can relate to most of them, and can fortunately say I’ve played the bulk of them :-)

On to an even better 2014!

How can Minecraft on the PS3 possibly be allowed in the digital download category? It isn’t even out a week yet! Absolutely bizarre.

fps_d0minat0r 23 December, 2013 @ 6:30 pm   3

Will there be a GOTY edition for TLOU?

dark_angel69 23 December, 2013 @ 6:35 pm   4

Everyone apart from Ryan picked Resogun for PS4. lol. I agree with his choice.

Some of those choices was very hard to select from. But it’s nice to see most of the games I voted for have won. Just a pity Rain wasn’t in the best digital release as I thought that was a really good wee game.

A_Nonny_Moose 23 December, 2013 @ 6:42 pm   5

Guacamelee! deserved more than bronze.

infamous second son is the reason i bought a ps4 so it was my choice also.

i picked resogun for best ps4 title, glad to see ac4 is the number 1 pick as im just about to boot it up for the first time on ps4 so i hope all you people who voted it there are right.

Such a great year for gaming. With almost every game I reviewed and played, almost every single one was such great fun.

Spelunky and Stick It To The Man are my choice on Vita. With Grand Theft Auto V and the Puppeteer grabbing the top spots on the PS3. For the PS4 Resogun shoots to the top of the list.

Devochka777 23 December, 2013 @ 7:29 pm   8

Yes!!!!!))

Resogun wins 4th best PS4 game and best digital release? That’s slightly surprising considering that to me it’s not as good as SuperStardustHD. It’s like they took SSHD and make it simpler, so i cannot agree with that.

Nice! Most of the ones that won first place I voted for actually, ha ha, all except two! Voted KZ:M to be number 1, but Tearaway was definitely a close second and they both deserved to be first really. I admire them both for different reasons, Tearaway for being really creative and imaginative and great use of Vita’s features and KZ:M for just pushing the Vita’s graphic potential and finally making a good FPS for Vita.

Voted for destiny for most anticipated game of 2014 (It would be KH3/FFXV if they were due next year!), infamous I’m definitely hyped for as well though, but I think Destiny does it for me in the year overall.

Project2insanity 23 December, 2013 @ 8:28 pm   11

@Voodoo341; I don’t know what’s more bizarre: the fact that Minecraft has been voted so highly or that I completely agree with you for what may be the first time ever…
^^

OnionMarmalade 23 December, 2013 @ 9:24 pm   12

Reading this made me both angry and left an extremely bitter taste in my mouth. I’m not taking this seriously, its just obvious based on the results that Sony is using this as an opportunity to advertise games they WANT us to buy, like Tearaway and Minecraft (which btw did not sell more than Hotline Miami or Guacamelee in the 30 minutes since its been out. Also Resogun went to everyone who bought a ps4 but surely more people played Guacamelee and Hotline Miami. If you wanna shove advertising down our throats do it in a more traditional way. This is patronizing and kind of annoying.

chrisboers 23 December, 2013 @ 9:48 pm   13

#12: Please take your pills and calm down. These votes have little to do with actual sales, even though more sales DO mean more exposure (and therefore better chance at getting votes). But, why are you raving on about Guacamelee and Hotline Miami?
Both games are good, but not more than that. Resogun is very recent, and therefore has lots of attention (and thus votes).

I see nothing wrong with the outcome. Other than that, it’s just a vote, nothing to get all worked up about.

Nightmare966 23 December, 2013 @ 10:00 pm   14

Fred should also win a prize here…

Dark Souls 2 (PS3) – “Just hook it to my veins.”

Most convincing, deep and unrefutable argument I’ve ever, EVER seen. EVER.

Nah, seriously, you got me there and it was unexpected :P

Nice mention of Metal Gear Rising there. Too bad Ryan forgot about the eqpic, awesome soundtrack Jamie Christopherson composed. One big 10/10 to him, Konami, KojiPro and, specially, Platinum Games. Eager to see what these guys will bring to the table next :)

transpondster 23 December, 2013 @ 10:07 pm   15

Haha, suck it GTA5! :)
Also, where is Witcher? I’m kind of disappointed not to see it on the winner list…

transpondster 23 December, 2013 @ 10:10 pm   16

@AeonsDead Nope, I love Super StarDust, but Resogun is a new level of excellence, and in this case, the simpler is the better

Well done The Last Of Us, it defiantly discerns 1st place, with one of the best story’s ever in gaming!!! Although GTA was an AMAZING game too! Definitely my most anticipated game for this year! I also think infamous second son deserved the reward to, let’s hope it’s as good as or better than 1 and 2 :)

* deserves

Huono_peleis 23 December, 2013 @ 10:14 pm   19

@ chrisboers

This is so obvious marketing that I’m absolutely baffled how you manage not to see it. Last year they actually counted the votes and the outcome was different in US and in Europe. Now they just copy/pasted the same article accros territories to hype the games they wanted to hype.

There is one thing that I didn’t agree with though… Where is Splinter Cell: Blacklist? Although it didn’t break the boundaries of graphical power it had a great story and lots of replay-ability as well as a ton of gadgets :)

transpondster 23 December, 2013 @ 10:17 pm   21

Huono_peleis I don’t think this games need any hype, they all are excellent…

Project2insanity 23 December, 2013 @ 10:51 pm   22

@Huono_peleis & OnionMarmalade; Really? Please tell me a way in which this blog can discuss games in a manner which cannot be construed as advertising/marketing. Honestly, I’d genuinely like to know because you seem to be upset at something we all take part in on a daily basis.

Every single word you say about a product or service is a form of marketing. If you want to get technical, even if you glance at a product and someone notices your glance, in turn causing him to take interest, is a form of marketing.

There are choices above which are there because of our votes. This involved the community which is always a good thing.

Just a final point: Sony is a business. Why would they not advertise? I’m sorry to say but you come across rather naïve.

ShadowFlex 23 December, 2013 @ 11:04 pm   23

I thought it was strange I could vote without logging into my account. I’m guessing they used bots to get the outcomes for these votes they wanted.

Hey folks. Fred here – I’m on the road and have neglected to save my author log-ins. Silly me. Just wanted to chime in quickly to state, in case there was any doubt, that there is no conspiracy with the poll. The games that won, won because they received the most votes – and because they’re all really, really good! Last year, the results were split up by region, but this time we did a global vote hence why the results are the same aspen the US and LATAM Blogs. Thanks to everyone who took part – as ever, it was really fun to see where the votes fell. Have a great Christmas everyone!

I’m super pleased Ni No Kuni (my choice for PS3 GOTY) managed to get sliver up against games that sold much better and received much more exposure. I’m a little surpised to see that The Witcher 3 did not feature in the top 4 most anticipated though.

Lunastra78 23 December, 2013 @ 11:49 pm   26

Dark Souls 2 (PS3) – “Just hook it to my veins.” – Fred Dutton, Manager, EU PlayStation.Blog

Proof that EU has the best blog manager. :)

Now Fred, with this unlimited manager power at your disposal – can you start carpet bombing From Software with pleas/inquiries/threats/sweet-talk/heartfelt poetry about getting Dark Souls 2 on PS4?

Just think of the happiness of playing it 1080p/60fps on the new dualshock – Praise the sun!

salvogdaze 24 December, 2013 @ 6:55 am   27

I’m glad GTA V didn’t make it, it doesn’t need any more attention.
The results look good, except for Ni no Kuni not making the top of the PS3 list :)

This makes me wonder even more if I should have picked up ACIV for PS4 XD. I really am not in to AC that much .. played the first and second one and I got bored with is extremely fast, after that I did not bother anymore. Wonder If I should just have given ACIV a chance, since it also got highly rated and praised. Ho well, I’ll get a retail copy later on (maybe)

The most anticipated list is awesome, … but where is Witcher3&Order 1886!? I would have expected to see those games on the list over destiny or MGV (note, destiny and MGV are one of my most anticipated games too)

salvogdaze 24 December, 2013 @ 9:50 am   29

@Lt_Combo I was never interested in the series until AC IV, which doesn’t give the vibe of an AC game to me and reminds me a lot of Far Cry 3, in a good way. I picked up the game and just started it but it looks like there is a lot of fun to be had, especially with the pirating.

Some people on here get mad at the silliest things.

If your fav game never won it does not suddenly become a bad game lol

Tyranitartaysir 24 December, 2013 @ 10:26 am   31

ASSASSINS CREEDS AWESOME!!!!!!

Very Happy for inFamous 2nd Son.
My KA for PS4.

Stonesthrow 24 December, 2013 @ 5:31 pm   33

I picked all the golds except for Destiny, which is bronze :p Kinda forgot about Watch dogs tbh but I think I’m more excited for Destiny anyways so my vote sticks :p

What was the best move game of the year?

Archangel-91- 24 December, 2013 @ 10:49 pm   35

Bring on infamous second son that game looks brilliant :)