2013's year of gaming is coming to a close and that means Neoseeker is deep in deliberation over its "Game of the Year" award. This month, each of Neoseeker's 10 nominees for Game of the Year will be profiled. Join in the discussion, speculate on the nominees, and subtly persuade us which game deserves our highest award.
If any game on our Game of the Year nomination list doesn't need an introduction, it's Grand Theft Auto V. It's the top seller of 2013, it's the sequel to one of the most popular franchises in video games, and at least initially it was one of the top rated games of the year as well. Open world games are hard to make, but Rockstar does it as good or better than anyone else. Grand Theft Auto V deserves to be on this list based on pedigree alone.
It helps then that Grand Theft Auto V was by far the most fun game that I played in 2013. Simply put, there's nothing better than switching to one of the three available protagonists, hopping into a fast car and rolling through a neighborhood at top speeds without letting anything get in your way. It helps that there's just the perfect soundtrack for just goofing off too.
Let's not talk about Grand Theft Auto Online.
Why Grand Theft Auto V?
- Los Santos: Probably the best realized city in a video game ever, Los Santos is a living, breathing beast filled to the brim with drivers, pedestrians and assorted insanity. Each neighborhood on the island carries with it a unique personality, as well as various traits unique to it. It makes exploring the entire thing an adventure that's fresh each time the game begins.
- Trevor, Michael and Franklin: Is it possible that Rockstar actually created relatable protagonists in a Grand Theft Auto game for once? Okay, that's probably still a stretch, but these three musketeers are still the best realized characters Rockstar's made yet. They may not be entirely believable, but their actions are still well-written and entertaining.
- Parody-oxical: Those clever jerks over at Rockstar had me rolling in laughter multiple times throughout Grand Theft Auto V. More than that, however, they had me thinking about the deeper meaning to many of their jokes, which could very well read as criticism of the gaming industry and gamers in general. Whoever's behind the writing in this game deserves much more respect than they're receiving.
Okay. Let's talk about Grand Theft Auto Online. It's kind of a mess. Where as I'd rate the single player experience as one of the best of the year, combined with the multiplayer it takes a rather severe hit. Bugs, hacking, server issues and lack of features make for a disappointing experience. It's still not enough to prevent me from recognizing Grand Theft Auto V as a whole in this list, however.
While the land of Los Santos may not be as dynamic as other open worlds, it serves the purpose of the relatively realistic world that Trevor, Michael and Franklin inhabit. It's a place I'd never want to visit, but only because Rockstar so vividly made it a real place in my mind. A rather terrifying place at that. Congratulations Rockstar, Grand Theft Auto V is our next nominee for Neoseeker's Game of the Year 2013.
Neoseeker's Game of the Year 2013 Nominees
- Tomb Raider
- The Last of Us
- BioShock Infinite
- Gone Home
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Saints Row IV
- Path of Exile
- Papers, Please
- Metro: Last Light
Neoseeker's Game of the Year awards are decided by editors Lydia Sung and Rory Young. Follow them on Twitter at @RabidChinaGirl and @bluexy , or read their news, reviews and features every day here at Neoseeker.
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