2013 Game of the Year: The Last of Us

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Sony Computer Entertainment

To me, Uncharted developer Naughty Dog operates on another plane of existence in the gaming sphere. The studio’s story-driven, guided experiences aren’t for everyone, but its games are my Platonic ideal.

The Last of Us takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a zombie-creating fungus has overwhelmed civilization. Arguably the best story ever told through a video game, the game follows Joel, a smuggler trying to make ends meet in overrun Boston, and Ellie, a teenager who is apparently immune to the infected, as they travel across the United States in hopes that Ellie’s immunity can lead to a cure.