Game of the Month: June 2013 - The Last of Us
Posted by Sammy Barker
It wasn't for nothing
Who wants to know a little secret? Ordinarily we run an internal poll for these Game of the Month posts, but on this occasion we didn’t bother. Anyone that dared to vote against Naughty Dog’s incredible opus The Last of Us was going to be forced to spend the week shamefully sat on the step outside of our big cheese’s office, so we’ve spared our staff members the embarrassment by automatically selecting Joel and Ellie’s depressing adventure for our coveted award.
In truth, while there were some surprisingly solid releases in June, nothing quite came close to Sony’s dreary cross-country adventure. The inaugural 10/10 of the year, the first-party favourite delivered in virtually every area, from groundbreaking cinematics to obsessive attention to detail. Not even a sex line scandal could deter this PlayStation 3 exclusive from sitting several rungs above its nearest peers.
“An assured, touching, and engrossing adventure, The Last of Us represents a watershed moment for the medium,” we wrote in our review. “The unlikely bond that blossoms between the title’s two lead characters is both heartrending and poignantly paced – but the release delivers much more than captivating cinematics. This is a meaty slice of survival action that masterfully depicts the horrors of life in a post-pandemic setting, and will consume you quicker than a cloud of contaminated spores.”
While the epic was this month’s runaway winner, there’s still room for a few honourable mentions. Classic arcade beat-‘em-up compilation Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara HD earned a fervent recommendation, netting a 9/10 in our comprehensive review. Remember Me is also best not forgotten; despite some flaws, we reckon that the adventure is worth a look. And who could ignore OMG HD Zombies? Laughing Jackal’s chain-reaction corpse culler may not be the most original outing in the world, but it still delivers a hearty helping of guts and gore.
Alas, what was your Game of the Month? Did The Last of Us grip you like a starved Clicker, or was Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara HD more your glass of grog? Perhaps you can’t forget your time with Remember Me, or are still otherwise engaged with Hotline Miami? Let us know your picks in the comments section below, and feel free to share your predictions for next month’s (presumably slender) poll in the process.
What was your favourite game in June? (23 votes)
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara HD
OMG HD Zombies
The Last of Us
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