Community Awards 2013: Part One
To say that 2013 was a great year in gaming would be a lie. This year’s best games somehow didn’t reach the soaring heights of previous years and I am completely destroying the positive awards vibe. Let’s course correct.
This year has been filled with plenty of memorable moments and some truly great games. It may have been dominated by PS4 and Xbox One hype but let’s not forget the games that kept us entertained throughout 2013.
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Before we reveal our games of the year in respective categories we decided to let you, dear readers, vote across a number of categories. So many in fact that the results of the polls had to be split over articles (look out for part two tomorrow). The response was great with a total of 40 voters.
This is the first half of the awards wherein you’ll find the results for the following categories: Best Action Adventure, Best First-Person Shooter, Best Multiplayer, Best Artistic Graphics, Best Realistic Graphics and The Worst Game.
Let’s make like a slider and roll.
Best Action Adventure
Winner: The Last of Us
Perhaps the most competitive category in terms of the quality of games nominated, it was perhaps no huge surprise that The Last of Us won rather comfortably with 20/37 votes in its favour. The game is not only regarded by some as one of the best of the year but also as one of the best of this generation.
The runners-up were Assassin’s Creed IV on 10 votes and DmC: Devil May Cry on 6 votes.
Best First-Person Shooter
Winner: BioShock: Infinite
In any given year you can count on first-person shooters cropping up as reliably as hayfever. Usually they’re a dime a dozen but 2013 was notably sparse with its first-person shooters, at least the good ones.
It may not have been the best shooter of the lot but BioShock: Infinite walked away with the title of Best FPS according to all of you with 23/34 votes which is technically a majority win. Runners-up were Battlefield 4 with 7 votes and Call of Duty: Ghosts with 4 votes. Are we really surprised that a CoD or Battlefield title made the top three?
Winner: Grand Theft Auto Online
With games gearing towards a shared world experience with persistent online, multiplayer games are arguably becoming more important. It’s been an interesting year with bolt-on multiplayer cropping up in far too many games but we’ve also seen some ambitious attempts.
With its bold stab at multiplayer Grand Theft Auto Online won it with 13/34 votes. Its closest competitors were Battlefield 4 with 7 votes and Call of Duty: Ghosts with 4 votes.
Best Artistic Graphics
Winner: BioShock: Infinite
You know what would be fun? If we used this little award to launch into the games as art debate. That would be awesome. Seriously though, some games just assault our eyes with their bright colours and lovely visual design. This year was no different.
Surprise, surprise BioShock: Infinite is among the winners again with 16/34 votes. Some ways behind it was a three-way tie for runner-up with DmC: Devil May Cry, The Wolf Among Us and Rayman Legends.
Best Realistic Graphics
Winners: Battlefield 4 & The Last of Us
Two winners? I blame you guys for this, not that we can really argue with that. Both The Last of Us and Battlefield 4 (despite being a little bit broken) are visually stunning. Battlefield 4 has the macro detail with entire buildings collapsing whilst The Last of us is all about the micro detail with minute facial expressions and a richly detailed world.
They each had 13/35 votes with the closest runner-up being Beyond: Two Souls way down on 4 votes.
The Worst Game
Loser: The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
We love to hate bad games and we know you do too. Fortunately, we didn’t have too many awful games this year. The worst of the worst, according to you, turned out to be The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct with 12/31 votes while its closest rivals for the top (or bottom?) spot were Aliens: Colonial Marines and Star Trek with 10 and 7 votes respectively.
That’s it for now folks, we thank you for participating and be sure to join us tomorrow for the conclusion of 2013’s Community Awards.