Hello and welcome to the 69th annual Lazygamer Awards! We’ve got a great show for you tonight, filled with laughs, tears and games! Now let’s get straight to the main event and start this party with a bang!
Best Xbox 360 Game – GTA V
It wasn’t the year of Xbox exclusives in 2013, with efforts now clearly being spent on establishing such a library on the Xbox One console. Still, if there was one game that you had to have on your 360, it had to be GTA V, which consumed many hours with a great single-player campaign, and many more in the online modes.
Best PlayStation 3 Game – The Last of Us
We’ve already said so much about The Last of Us. Whether it was raving about the graphics, the story, the characters or the gameplay, there was a lot to love when it came to The Last of Us. At the very least, it’s made us rule out snorting spores as our next Lazygamer challenge. If you have a PS3 and haven’t played The Last of Us, there really is no excuse. If you don’t have a PS3, go buy one – it’s worth it to experience this game.
Best Wii U Game – Super Mario 3D World
The Wii U isn’t doing too well and really needs new games. You could argue that Nintendo’s relying too much on established franchises – and you’d be right, but it’s hard to be upset with that when they put out games as good as Super Mario 3D World. Tight controls, excellent gameplay and the best level design in just about any platform game ever and Mario is a shoe in.
Best PC Game – Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
The highly anticipated expansion on Wings of Liberty is also one the best in the acclaimed RTS. The expansion adds 20 new single player missions as well as various tweaks and new units to the game’s 3 playable races, Terran, Zerg and Protoss. Its diverse campaign and great online makes it the best traditional RTS of the year.
Best Handheld Game – Fire Emblem: Awakening
2013 has to be one of the best years on record for handheld gaming. Whether it was iPad or PS Vita, there was a game to suit every taste, and at a smaller price point to boot.
But Fire Emblem: Awakening was the best of the bunch this year, on the 3DS platform. Imagine Advance Wars with a medieval flair, but with an emphasis on tactics, growth and relationships. Think of all that in the palm of your hand, and you’d have our handheld title of the year.
Best Downloadable Game – Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
How does a game which happens to be more 1980s than a Duran Duran hairstyle manage to sneak into this list? By being the kind of game that it’s parent engine should have been. Brutally efficient, uncompromisingly set in the ways of the old school action title and just far too much fun to play, Far Cry : Blood Dragon is one of the biggest and best surprises of the year.
It’s old school action with a new school finish, and the game that everyone needs to play at least once in their lifetime."
Best Action Game – Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will make you love being a gamer. From inside jokes about Ubisoft to running around and stabbing people, to setting sail and living the pirate’s life there is so much to love about Black Flag. At the end of a long year of gaming, it made us excited to hold that controller and play – what more could we ask for?
Best RPG – Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
When people talk about RPGs, we often hear about epic games like Final Fantasy, Mass Effect and Dragon Age. Ni No Kuni was a surprising treat of an RPG that was truly a joy to play. The characters were charming and the story engaging, with plenty of mission and side quests to keep you occupied. Ni No Kuni is delight of an RPG filled with all kinds of emotions.
Best Racing – Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Hah! who says that the best racing game has to be one that’s all realistic, with perfectly modelled cars and moon buggies? No, all it has to be is fun as hell, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was just that. With fantastic tracks and sublime, hard-as-nails kart racing, our award goes to a Kart racer that even gives Mario Kart a run for its money.
Best Indie Game – Papers Please
Can you believe a spot-the-difference game using bureaucracy and immigration could be so emotional and fun? Papers Please manages to tell a well crafted story, make us worry over difficult moral decisions, and find triumph in the small victories. This indie proves that story-telling, characters and great game play can come in the strangest packages.
Best Fighting Game – Injustice: Gods Among Us
Ever wondered what would happen if Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat did something nasty, waited nine months and then raised the result on Saturday morning cartoons?
Injustice: Gods Among Us is pretty much that idea in fighting game form, as it debuted this year with solid fighting game mechanics, fantastic visuals and something else that most games in the genre lacked. A thrilling story.
Best Shooter – ?
To be honest, there was no shooter game this year we deemed worthy of receiving a prize. Bioshock Infinite weaved a great tale, but had archaic and clumsy gameplay. Call of Duty: Ghosts was pretty much a great multiplayer game and little else, while Battlefield 4 followed in those footstep with completely broken gameplay. Metro: Last Light looked great, but the gameplay actually took a step backwards.
It hasn’t been a great year for the FPS genre, and frankly, gamers expect better. Which is why this year, nobody wins.
Best Sports Game – FIFA 14
EA Sports once again raised the bar this year with the latest iteration of FIFA especially on the new generation of consoles.
The generation Ignite Engine pushed the very best football game from the previous generation to new heights while still ensuring it is just as playable and full of depth as ever before.
Best Multiplayer Game – DOTA 2
Judging by forums and community posts, almost everyone has played Dota 2. Also, the world’s population consists of trolls. Be that as it may, Dota 2 was officially released into the wild this year, coming out of its "closed" beta. It has captured the hearts and minds of eSports fans and severed friendships. Play with friends, or maybe it’s better if you play with enemies – either way, Dota 2 is about playing with others and destroying all hope in humanity.
Best Graphics – Crysis 3
Many games aim to look like a promotional cut-scene, but most of them fail. If you had the budget of a small nation however, chances are that you could have played the one game that lived up the the visual hype.
Crysis 3 looks face-meltingly phenomenal, and that was before it launched. A couple of months down the line and it looks even more gorgeous now, thanks to constant updates and fan mods that pushed the game to the bleeding edge of high definition graphics.
Best New IP – The Last Of Us
That’s right, The Last of Us again. You haven’t seen the last of The Last of Us? A fantastic new IP, I’m sure we’ll be seeing movies, new games, spin offs, comics and who knows what else. For now, let’s be glad that we got our hands on this game in 2013. Even if Clickers have caused too many nightmares.
Game Of The Year – GTA V
Though it wasn’t unanimous, by any means, the game that got the most votes for this year’s top game was GTA V. It might be sexist, it might be bawdy and rambunctious, but dammit, it’s fun – and that’s what games are about.
Last Updated: December 20, 2013