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Game of the Year: Best PlayStation 3 Games of 2013

Posted by Push Square Staff

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It may be ending the year as the tired old video game veteran, but the PlayStation 3 can humbly hold its disc slot aloft, as this has been an outstanding year for the former flagship format. We know it's a countdown cliché to claim that it was a challenge to cut our list of Game of the Year candidates down to a manageable integer, but that's actually accurate in this instance. Still, three titles in particular stood out from the crowd like an atheist at midnight mass.

Bronze Trophy: Grand Theft Auto V

The title that coaxed throngs of console owners around the globe into a fresh release frenzy, it only took Grand Theft Auto V three days to extract $1 billion from gamers' gaping wallets. The open world antics of Los Santos' most mischievous mismatches Michael, Franklin, and Trevor have already been enjoyed by over 30 million wannabe gangsters, making this one of the biggest software success stories of all time. Its commercial accomplishments were well deserved too, as developer Rockstar North served up an obsessively detailed sandbox packed to the shady sides with scathing cultural satire. Clunky controls and an overemphasis on obscenities detracted from some of its wisecracking wit, but this was still one of the top picks from a stellar selection.

Silver Trophy: BioShock Infinite

God only knows what this list would look like without Irrational Games' overdue opus to put our heads among the clouds. Boasting one of the most extraordinary openings since Kratos mopped up wet blanket Poseidon at the start of God of War III, the outstanding BioShock Infinite couldn't have possibly offered a more engaging introduction. Set amid the blue skies of Columbia, Ken Levine penned a parallel universe hopping plotline so complex that polytechnics around the world will be running doctorates based on its finer details in the very near future. Granted, its final few hours traipsed down 'Predictable First-Person Shooter Valley', but even then its slick traversal and Vigor-driven abilities augmented it with the personality to push it above its peers.

Gold Trophy: The Last of Us

Naughty Dog and survival horror sounds like a combination about as ghastly as cheesecake – but just like the delicious desert, the Californian company served up a sweet and strangely sobering excursion centring on the cross-country hardships of an unlikely father and daughter alliance. Poignant from its unexpected opening right through to its maddening finale, Joel and Ellie's fraught pursuit for survival in a post-apocalyptic landscape served as a reminder of the underexplored potential of narrative-driven experiences in this maturing medium. Performers Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson poured their heart and souls into their abovementioned alter-egos, culminating in a believable bond that extended far beyond any on-screen exchanges.

An assured, touching, and engrossing adventure, The Last of Us represents a watershed moment for the medium. 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. The conclusion may feel a little hurried, and the multiplayer somewhat surplus to requirements, but this is still an essential tale of survival that will consume you quicker than a cloud of contaminated spores.Push Square

Sammy Barker's Thoughts:
"I spent several hours pacing up and down the office hallway before deciding that The Last of Us deserved a 10/10. I think the thing that swayed me – without venturing into spoiler territory – is just how angry I felt at the close of the campaign. Unlike games where you're given a choice, Naughty Dog forces you to fulfil the actions of a man that you may not always agree with. Once I wrapped my head around that, I realised just how powerful the PS3 exclusive was from a narrative perspective."

However, beneath the twists and top-tier writing existed an exceptional third-person shooter. Building upon the basics of the Uncharted franchise, the exclusive adventure fused tense third-person gunplay with crunching close-quarters combat and plenty of Metal Gear Solid-inspired stealth action. Perhaps the game's greatest achievement was its open-ended combat environments, allowing you to persevere in a manner that suited your playing style, and forced you to adopt different tactics against the living and undead antagonists. Couple this with a curiously compelling multiplayer mode that revived the hardcore appeal of the old-school SOCOM games, and its unsurprising that Sony's current generation swansong swept our staff poll.

What was your favourite PS3 game of 2013? Do you agree with our winners, or would you have selected something else? Cast your vote and share your thoughts in the comments section and poll below.

What was your favourite PS3 game of 2013? (63 votes)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag


Beyond: Two Souls


BioShock Infinite


Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons


Call of Juarez: Gunslinger


Diablo III


DmC: Devil May Cry


Gran Turismo 6


Grand Theft Auto V


Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch






Rayman Legends


The Last of Us


Tomb Raider




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[ Words: Sammy Barker; Video Editing and Script: Ben Potter ]

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User Comments (57)



k_andersen said:

Super solid choice. While Bioshock: Infinite was my personal PS3 GOTY (for silly personal reasons), I'll readily admit that Last of Us was a much better game. The last section of that game is utterly devastating. Man, it's been a pretty solid year for PS3, and gaming in general, this year.



InsertNameHere said:

The Last of Us deserves it, Naughty Dog has always released great, but The Last of Us was a straight-up masterpiece.

And I'm pretty sure that all the antagonists in TLOU are living. The Infected may behave like zombies, but they're still living, breathing humans.



RawShark said:

I've talked a lot about the whole Last of Us ending situation, and I can understand when people say they'd have liked the ability to determine Joel's actions themselves, but more often than not games provide an illusion of choice when in fact the alternate endings are just a con to fool you into playing the damned thing all over again. I honestly think the Last of Us is pretty much the only game that can be considered for the title of Best Game of 2013. Personally I'd even call it the best game of the last generation.



get2sammyb said:

@k_andersen BioShock Infinite would have rated higher in my personal favourites if it didn't devolve into a generic first-person shooter by the end. The opening couple of hours are magical, but the final hours are a slog. (In my opinion.)

@RawShark I think the fact that they don't give you a choice at the end actually made the game better, because it forces you to carry out the actions of Joel - a person that you may not necessarily agree with. It's super powerful when you wrap your head around it.



k_andersen said:

@get2sammyb @RawShark I totally agree. I assume we're all talking about the same bit at the end. I don't know about you, but I sat there for a solid 5 minutes trying to find a different way to pass that section. But the game just wouldn't let me push square (teehee). It was so so powerful, and really served to demonstrate the differences between Joel and I. As for Bioshock: Infinite, I'll be the first to admit that it had some intense pacing issues. It's probably just my GOTY because of the soundtrack.



eLarkos said:

I unfortunately haven't been able to play TLOU yet but after talking to my brother and mate about it I know im missing something special. I dont think i have ever heard them speaking so highly of a game before! (Well maybe with OoT with my bro, but that just backs up my point!). Cant wait to finally play this game, sometime, somewhere.



Ginkgo said:

TLOU for me hands down. Probably Tomb Raider second and GTAV 3rd. I finished Bioshock, but agree with Sammy that it was a real grind. Honestly I couldn't wait for it to end. It would be low down in my rankings.



Dodoo said:

I really don't get the love for Bioshock Infinite. Yeah it was a good game but for me nowhere near as close as TLOU, GTA5 and Tomb Raider.



RisefromAshes said:

The Last Of Us. No argument there.
Pretty much a consensus that The Last Of Us is the overall official GOTY for 2013.
Amazing that we'll be getting Uncharted 4 so soon after.

P.S. Lol. No votes for GTA V and BioShock: Infinite. Imagine if this was an article regarding GOTY nominess on all platforms. Zelda wouldn't even get a look in.



CanisWolfred said:

Ni no Kuni was an easy vote for me. I think it was the only PS3 game that came out this year that I liked. Not to take away from Ni no Kuni's greatness, though - it's easily one of my top games of the year, bar none.

Nvm, Blood Dragon came out this year. That gets my second place at least.



Splat said:

The Last of Us with Tomb Raider being my second choice. I really wasn't expecting to like Tomb Raider as much as I did.



Beaston61 said:

The Last of Us - Probobly the best narration in a game I have played yet... and folks believe me, I have played a lot of games

I lol'd when I saw Diablo 3 on the list, but then I remembered... Ofcourse, Diablo 3 (ironically) is better on the console! than the highly anticipated PC version.

BTW - I have Bioshock: Infinite on PC. Truth be told... I have not even played it. I actually loved Bioshock 1 & 2 (& System Shock)



Sanquine said:

@CanisWolfred Im with you on Ni No kuni... I liked the last of us but it isnt the game of the year for me... Seeing oliver sheding tears at the begin was so much worse Untitled



big-al said:

Last of Us was good, granted, but personally i'm tired of linear gaming. I'll rather watch a movie than play through one where the choices are made for you well in advance. Give me Far Cry 3 anytime . . . my GOTY.



MadchesterManc said:

Beyond Two Souls by a country mile. It's fairly unique in an industry of tried & true mechanics.

My save file for TLOU states I'm 40% in n I've not been back to it for a couple of weeks. Is it gonna come good soon so it's worth going back to or is it going to stay mundane? It's hardly GOTY material so far.



hamispink said:

Runner 2 was my personal favorite. It is such a joy to play, and it is in the running (hehe) to be my favorite game of all time.



Jaz007 said:

My GOTY is Batman: Arkham Origins, played it in the Wii U, but figured it still counts since it's on PS3. I personally loved Arkham Origins story, I thought the game really stepped the series forward with story. Best of generation candidate. Ni No Kini was a great game too. Haven't played the rest on the list.

@big-al But Far Cry 3 came out last year.



RisefromAshes said:

"My GOTY is Batman: Arkham Origins, played it in the Wii U".

" Best of generation candidate."

Laughs out loud

Let me get this straight. You played the worst Batman of the trilogy on the worst console on the market. God. I can't stop laughing. Not only that, you reckon it's a candidate for the best game of the generation.

I was right when I said that you don't know jack about videogames. Anyone who plays Mercenaries 2: World in Flames has to suffer from a lack of judgement.

I look forward to seeing what else you reckon is awesome. Farming Simulator? Lol.

P.S. I told you and everyone else TLOU IS the GOTY. Best new IP. Best story. Best characters. Best gameplay. Undisputedly the best.



naruball said:

Same here. Though for me, along with Journey, Ni No Kuni is the game of the generation. It most certainly did not get enough love from jrpg or other gamers/reviewers. Can't believe it wasn't even mentioned.

Guess shooters dominate everything. Sigh...



Batman said:

@RisefromAshes Do you need a hand getting down from your high horse? Only you're ever so high up that you might hurt yourself should you fall.



RisefromAshes said:


Nobody is ignoring Ni No Kuni. It's great game.

Game of the generation? How? Why?

The Last Of Us isn't a run and gun shooter. Your ignorance is quite alarming. Keep it up and you may end up needing to see someone about it.

Besides, which other developer do you know who has done 4 outstanding new ips in 15 years and dominated each generation? Naughty Dog's track record is unrivalled. Crash Bandicoot on PS1, Jak & Daxter on PS2, Uncharted and The Last Of Us on PS3.

Sorry to pile more misery on top of you, but Naughty Dog is like Floyd Mayweather jr is in Boxing. Too good for his own good. Which is why people hate him.



RisefromAshes said:


I don't mind opinions. When a person says, "Batman Arkham Origins is among the best games of the generation". I seriously think something is wrong with that individual. That game is about the most mediocre game you'll play in 2013.

I could write a review right here on why it's so average. The multiplayer is uninspired and rubbish. The Electricutioner boss fight is among the worst I've ever witnessed in GAMING HISTORY. All it comprises of is Batman kicking him "once". That's it. Absolutely awful.

People expressing their "opinions" is fine. Unfortunately, it means ignorance becomes widespread in the community.



Spidernoir said:

Personally I don't feel TLoU was truly GOTY, it's a really great game, I enjoyed every moment of it, but it doesn't feel like GOTY. BI was the same feeling for me. The most powerful moments we're the story/cutscenes not the gameplay for the two games. However out of the two, I felt TLoU was better.

DmC crossed my mind but while it was a really amazing game to me (gameplay wise, I love hack n slash) it was not GOTY worthy. (no I don't care they gave dante a new look, I was never attached to the old dante).

In order for a game to be truly GOTY material for me, it has to have amazing gameplay AND story, not one or the other.



RisefromAshes said:


The Last Of Us DOES have amazing gameplay AND story. The A.I. is the most realistic to date. The gunplay is weighty and punishes noobs for spraying and praying. Basically, this the most perfect TPS to date. It's only flaw is the lack of multiplayer modes. The multiplayer itself is spot on.

Your opinion is sound. So, no disagreement from my end.



naruball said:


I'll ignore the personal attack, since this is a great site and I don't wanna contribute to a heated discussion.

However, if you don't understand the problem with this sentence (I don't mind opinions. When a person says, "Batman Arkham Origins is among the best games of the generation". I seriously think something is wrong with that individual), then I guess there's nothing to talk about. Quality is subjective. You can agree with TLOU as the game of the year and I can disagree. The point is to respect other people's opinions and to realize that no matter how bad or good a game is in your opinion, it might be a masterpiece or something terrible for someone else.



Splat said:

The question was "What was ***your*** favourite PS3 game of 2013?" So, there is really no wrong answer. There is no need to put down other posters for picking something you didn't like.



Gamer83 said:

PS3 had quite the year, my top 5:
GOTY: Grand Theft Auto V
runner-up: The Last of Us
3. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
4. BioShock Infinite
5. Tomb Raider



CanisWolfred said:

@naruball Yeah, I was surprised that on some RPG fan sites, the game wasn't held too highly by the community. It got solid recs from all the reviews I'd seen, though.



Bliquid said:

Ehi,ehi, what's with the harsh feelings?
It's X-mas time!
The time to go to a fairly peaceful fan site and unleash one's typical self entitled internet rage!
Or should i say, Impotent Rage?
(Wich reminds me, Pushsquare made a honest mistake, cause they know GTA V should be at least second, if not first)



get2sammyb said:

@RiseFromAshes This is your last chance. I like that you bring a strong opinion to this community, but you need to air it in a more considerate and friendly manner, otherwise you're out. Everyone has been more than patient with you, so if you continue to offend others and just general carry a disrespectful demeanour, your account will be banned. You have been warned.



Jairo_MC said:

Well, for me the best PS3 games this year are:
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Tomb Raider
Bioshock: Infinite
DmC: Devil May Cry
Beyond: Two Souls.

I haven't played GTA V and I still haven't finished The Last of Us, although I'm closer to it. I'm really curious about Ni No Kuni, but after Persona 4 Golden (my personal game of the year over all systems, since I only played and beat it this year) I already bought a few RPGs from Atlus and can't add one more right now. Maybe in the near future I will...



Jaz007 said:

@RisefromAshes I said best story, not best game of the generation. I haven't played The Last of Us and I won't be playing it without some sort of swearing filter which Naughty Dog has said they won't be adding too.



naruball said:

Thanks, Sammy. That's actually good to know. I sort of figured it out, since it it is listed in the poll, but still nice to know that it got some votes. I have no problem with TLOU being GOTY. I've mostly heard great things about the game, so I have no doubt that it's great. I was tempted to buy it for my best friend, but wasn't sure if he's a fan of the genre.

Congrats to Naughty Dog once again for what seems to be a great game!



rastamadeus said:

3. Thomas Was Alone
2. Grand Theft Auto 5
1. Hotline Miami

Atmosphere, visuals, soundtrack, vocal work, story and everything else are all brilliant things that enhance a game to make it spectacular as long as the game itself has great gameplay. The Last Of Us (for me) has little to no gameplay which is why it's just behind COD Ghosts as most disappointing game of the year (yes, I know Ghosts is crap but I likes MW's Spec Ops and Survival and they destroyed them in Ghosts, hence why I dislike it even more). I get how people can love TLOU but I can't see past that massive fault, as apparently can't an increasing amount of others. Outside of this site and in the "real" world everyone I know has said the same, amazing overall experience but a dreadful game.

Also worthy of mention are Diablo III and Dead Or Alive 5 which I enjoyed far more than I thought I would, Persona 4 Arena, Bit.Trip Runner 2 and, of course, Project Diva f.



rastamadeus said:

@RisefromAshes You need to seriously chill out and grow up. You remind me of Mud from Indiana Jones 4 (brilliant film up until the ending), always getting to his feet, shouting and looking to show how tough he is the second anything doesn't go his way.

As someone who annoys people on here myself if you're going to argue your cause you have to do that, not just accuse anyone who disagrees with you as a cretin. It makes you seem pathetic and stupid, which I'm sure you're not as I suspect you're a passionate gamer. But you have to understand people like different things. For example you think The Last Of Us is the only choice for game of the year and maybe one of the best ever. That's great. I think it's utter garbage and easily one of the worst games I've ever played. Which is also great. It's called an opinion. Neither you nor I am right. No matter how much you disagree with me. Oh, and personally Arkham Origins (despite all it's hideous faults) is a hundred times more fun than the TLOU and ten year old Wind Waker would always get my vote over it. A timeless classic. If TLOU is even half as widely loved in ten years time as Wind Waker I'll give you a fiver. Or whatever money we're using after China has taken over the world.

Just think before you post and try to remember your word isn't gospel.



rastamadeus said:

@RisefromAshes So desperate to be liked but when no-one agrees with you (which seems to be almost every time you write) you lash out like an attention-seeking toddler.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@RisefomAshes I didn't say you tried to be popular on here...and looking at the way you express yourself on this site, you clearly didn't.

I just find it amusing how you blame others for ignorance and yet seem to be unable to accept other opinions than your own...and you have to even insult people whose opinion is different.

What you seem to fail to grasp is that there is no "universal truth", least of all when it comes to art, where the personal experience highly influences how a piece of media is perceived. But I and others have already tried to explain that to you in the deleted super hero forum thread, alas, without success.

Plus, you didn't ask to be banned, you just behaved inappropriate again after Sammy warned you.

I hope you some day are able to cope with other peoples opinions in a more respectful will make it easier for others to see your point if they aren't repelled by rude behavior.



rastamadeus said:

@RisefromAshes "Speaking to ignorant people is about as bad as anything I can possibly do. Ignorant people are a waste of time. Staying away from you peeps is a good deed. Trust me."

We all agree. Which is why, like @Reverend_Skeeve said, you won't be missed. Amazing you can use the word ignorance so much without any clue whatsoever that you are the living embodiment of the word.

And why ask to be banned if you don't want to be here? Just toddle off back under your bridge and leave us "drones" be. But then that won't happen as you're craving the attention. In your inevitable response which I won't reply too try and do a whole sentence without your undeserved ridiculous self-righteous arrogance, eh? See if you can.



rastamadeus said:

@Reverend_Skeeve The popular bit was aimed at me, mate. He's the kind of person who was trying to say things to fit in and then when he does t lashes out. Like a new kid at school who try's to be cool but then when he isn't becomes a bully instead, hoping that will get him liked.

@get2sammyb He'll be back under a new name and need a second flush.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@rastamadeus Yeah, I noticed...thankfully, I haven't been personally attacked by him...too much (I like the Watchmen movie, which makes me ignorant in his book). I think you pegged him perfectly...and I also find it astonishing how he could blabber about ignorance so much when he was a text book case.

I'm afraid he'll be back, though, telling us all how much he doesn't need us.

@All and Everybody: Thank you for all being such respectful and decent folks! As I said plenty of times before, the community on here is a big part of why Pushsquare is special...let's keep it that way.

@get2sammyb Good. Finally.



rastamadeus said:

@Reverend_Skeeve Watchmen isn't perfect or as good as the comics but I do have a soft spot for the film as it was my introduction to that world. Like how the first band you ever really like always have a place in your heart even when you look back and think "God, they were awful!" That was Travis for me.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@rastamadeus Agreed, it's not perfect, but I like the style and lots of other stuff...I'm sure, though, that the movie pales in comparison to the comics, which I still have to get my hands on.

And yes...the musical catastrophes of distant past...I shudder when I think of some of my former choices. Although I started with Queen...could've been worse...but some bands after that...? *whimper



charlesnarles said:

I still think TLOU coulda had way better gameplay. Kinda dissuaded me from wanting to play through it again at all lol. I'm loving GT6 tho, absolutely no complaints and looks next gen



EGMagnus said:

Ni no Kuni takes my vote. That game just revived my love for JRPGs as a whole, such an amazing game. I'm playing through TLOU right now and maaan, that game is something. I'm not the biggest horror fan (the Clickers are sure to permeate my nightmares eventually) but I'm pushing through it despite being a tad bit uncomfortable. The atmosphere and the writing truly deserve all the praise it's received so far. Can't wait to finish it and see what all the hubbubs about the ending XD.



craigun said:

I love every game on the list, and own most of them. I just had to give my vote to Puppeteer though. An excellent game that got overlooked!

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