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Best Action/Adventure Game of 2013

on 23 December 2013

2013 has just about wrapped, and it’s that time of year again when the staff and community at PSU.com cast a reflective glance back at the last 12 months of gaming goodness. Yep, it’s our annual Game of the Year awards, where we scrutinize titles across a broad range of genres in order to determine the cream of the crop of games from 2013. Whether it’s RPGs, action/adventure, racing, beat-’em-up or the coveted Game of the Year award itself, you have been voting in your dozens over the past week or so, and the results are now in.

So, let’s crack on with the awards. For our first article, we look at the Best Action/Adventure Game of 2013.

Out of all the genres this year, the action/adventure landscape perhaps received some of the most impressive titles of this generation (or should that be past generation?). PS3 exclusives were in no short supply, with The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls offering some of the most visually-stunning experiences on Sony’s seven-year-old console to date. Not only that, but third-party developers also delivered the goods, with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, DmC: Devil May Cry Tomb Raider and of course the mega hit Grand Theft Auto V arriving towards the back half of the year. Competition is tough to say the least, though it means we’ve been kept busy for the majority of the year from this genre alone.

And the winner is...

The Last of Us

Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic adventure was always going to be a show-stopper, and it did not disappoint. Featuring unequivocally some of the most impressive graphics seen to date on the PS3, The Last of Us not only looks the business, but it plays spectacularly too.  The gameplay is punctuated by slower, atmospheric segments and action-packed gun battles as Joel and Ellie attempt to survive across the fungal-ravaged United States, fighting off infected foes and human adversaries. The gritty storyline is the very antithesis of Uncharted’s more humorous proceedings, featuring a superb cast of characters and hard-hitting dialogue. If the cinematic campaign isn’t enough to satisfy you, then the game’s multiplayer is also worth a shot, featuring plenty of strategy as teams of survivors fight for valuable consumables and safe houses amidst the dilapidated cities.