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Gunslinger Gazette ~ Issue #6 ~ 2013 GS Games Awards Results

February 4th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

This week’s issue of the Gunslinger Gazette is a special one. The polls have closed. All the votes have been counted. It is time to reveal the winners of the best games of 2013 as regarded by Gunslinger Gaming members!

This year’s Awards voting procedure was a little different than previous years. With the exception of the Game of the Year category (which was a radio button style poll based on the most popular votes made in the other categories), all the votes were write-in votes. Just like the previous few years, however, the Best Game of [Place Platform Here] categories were geared towards titles exclusive to that company.

Let’s get to it! Here are the winners of the 2013 Gunslinger Games Awards!

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gta_5_girl_2_by_juniorbunny-d5jprej12013 Game of the Year: GRAND THEFT AUTO V
Last Year’s Winner: Borderlands 2
Notes: To say that GTAV was a success would be an understatement. The game broke sales records (upwards of 32.5 million units sold) while offering enough guilty pleasures to satisfy any deviant’s sweet tooth. Whether it was street racing, shooting up strip joints, or any other crime you could think of, Grand Theft Auto V had you covered. Here at GS, it is still one of the top reasons gamers join our group, already pulling in over 500 new members. Wouldn’t that make us an organized crime front?
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Best Xbox360 Game of 2013: GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENTgowj
Last Year’s Winner: Halo 4
Notes: Like last year, the pickings of games exclusively for the Xbox360 was pretty slim. Sure, there were some minor Kinect game releases and some digital downloads just for us Microsoft players, but Gears of War Judgment largely stood alone as a high-end 360-only release. That could be why it ran neck-to-neck with the multi-platform release, Grand Theft Auto V, in the votes. Regardless, GOW: Judgment is a great game, and the last installment to be released by Epic Games. Not to worry, however. Microsoft recently secured the exclusive rights to the franchise, so you can look forward to a Xbox One generation of running like a bull with a chainsaw.
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Ellie_RenderBest Playstation 3 Game of 2013: THE LAST OF US
Last Year’s Winner: Journey
Notes: The Last of Us won this category by a landslide, accumulating more votes than all other games combined. Is that surprising? It shouldn’t be. The game amassed an extraordinary amount of high marks by “professional” critics and fans. Besides, the game was developed by Sony’s number-one studio, Naughty Dog, who had its other titles (i.e.: Uncharted and Jak) make appearances in previous Gunslinger Games Awards. The idea of The Last of Us was inspired by the moody yet touching novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and the shared sensibilities come through. The brutal yet sensitive narrative of the game left many gamers rethinking just what sort of storytelling can we expect from the gaming medium.
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Best Wii U Game of 2013: SUPER MARIO 3D WORLDmariocat
Last Year’s Winner: New Super Mario Bros. U
Notes: The first year and two months of the Wii U was all about first party titles, so it only makes sense that Mario would come out on top. The game let players play as either Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Toad for the first time since Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES) as they go through the semi-3D yet retro landscape of the Mushroom Kingdom. The game got plenty of approving nods by reviewers for its attention to unique gamplay. Poor Luigi. 2013 was supposed to be the Year of Luigi, and he lost to a cat suit.
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Xbox One Game of 2013: FORZA 5
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: Sure, The Xbox One only had two months to offer a selection of games, but it managed to do so with some noteworthy titles such as Ryse and Dead Rising 3. Forza 5, however, was the strong favorite among the Xbox One Gunslingers. The gorgeous graphics, clear attention to detail, and the high speed racing are bound to get any red-blooded gamer excited. Best yet, you don’t actually need to call Aflac when you wreck your car. Stupid talking duck…
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Best Playstation 4 Game of 2013: KILLZONE: SHADOW FALLkzshadow
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: The PS4 sprung out of the next-gen gates swinging with Sony’s popular science fiction shooter, Killzone: Shadow Fall. Visually beautiful, the game doesn’t betray the franchise’s PS2 and PS3 roots. In fact, Killzone 3 won Best PS3 Game of 2011. Already, Gunslinger members are streaming live their online carnage in Shadow Fall, making the rest of us who are waiting for tax time to snag a PS4 incredibly jealous. With free DLC and an emerging in-game clan system, this game will be a PS4 favorite among GS for sometime.
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DOTA2Best PC Game of 2013: DOTA 2
Last Year’s Winner: Guild Wars 2
Notes: DOTA 2, the stand alone sequel to the Valve game, Defense of the Ancients, narrowly beat out Day Z and Marvel Heroes online to win this category. One should never bet against Valve. Or a free-to-play online battle arena game. You are welcome to join the rest of our Gunslingers Steam front in hacking and slashing your way to victory!
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Best Nintendo 3DS Game of 2013: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK BETWEEN WORLDSLink
Last Year’s Winner: Kid Icarus: The Uprising
Notes: Link is second only to Mario when to comes to recitation in the Nintendo mascot family, and he certainly earned his keep on the 3DS front in 2013. A Link Between Worlds added modern flavor to the loveable puzzle-solving memories of past Zelda experiences, particularly A Link to the Past (SNES). Shifting perceptive and converting to a chalk outline, which is a little creepy when on thinks about it, to find a way through a dungeon added a whole new level to the experience, and fans showed their appreciation in the voting booth.
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mercenaryBest Sony Vita Game of 2013: KILLZONE: MERCENARY
Last Year’s Winner: Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
Notes: The votes in this year’s Vita category was widely split between several titles. It shows that Gunslinger members were enjoying all sorts of gaming experiences on their Sony portable device. When the dust settled, however, Killzone: Mercenary nudged out Tearaway by a single vote. Vita hasn’t had a lot of luck with online shooters, so it is nice to see the developer Guerrilla Games step up and offer fans a good scratch for their FPS itch.
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Best Action/Adventure Game of 2013: THE LAST OF USjoel
Last Year’s Winner: Assassin’s Creed III
Notes: This category had one of the more exciting races in votes this year. By a mere two votes, The Last of Us trumped a tied score between Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. This is the second award given to The Last of Us by the Gunslingers, and well deserved! Story is king. Gamers still want a gripping single player experience. DICE, please repeat that three times to yourself before going to bed tonight.
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diablo3Role-Playing/MMO Game of 2013: DIABLO III
Last Year’s Winner: Mass Effect 3
Notes: Thanks to a rather stable and excellent console port, Diablo III became eligible for 2013 polling. The Diablo franchise has never been on a console before unless you count the first one that was very briefly released on the Playstation One and was quickly recalled. Microsoft and Sony players finally got a chance to live the love of hacking-and-slashing our way to random loot drops. Blizzard didn’t disappoint. Say it with me, everyone, “Aw, sustenance!”
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Best Shooter of 2013: BATTLEFIELD 4BF4_Ch_engineer
Last Year’s Winner: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Notes: Would saying that this category was a real shoot-out be too terrible of a pun? Perhaps, but it doesn’t make it less true. Battlefield 4 conquered Killzone: Shadow Fall by gathering two more votes than the Sony exclusive, and performing a old fashioned head-shot to Call of Duty: Ghosts by getting three more votes than it. A honorable mention must also be given to Bioshock: Infinite for receiving the fourth highest amount of votes by Gunslingers. All these figures are relevant since this category received the highest level of voter turn out this year. Despite some serious patching that needs to take place in Battlefield 4, it remains a Gunslinger favorite. Battlefield 3 had won as Best Shooter of 2011, after all.
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Wonder_woman-injusticeBest Fighting Game of 2013: INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US
Last Year’s Winner: Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
Notes: The fighting genre didn’t have a whole lot of notable entries in 2013, but Injustice: Gods Among Us would have been a tough contender regardless of the competition. It had the development team responsible for Mortal Kombat (the winner of this category in 2011, by the way) and the dark incarnations of the iconic cast of DC Comics. Have you ever wanted to see Wonder Woman kick the living crap out of Superman? How about Batman delivering a much needed kick to the jaw of Green Lantern? The allure was too great and Injustice easily won as Best Fighting Game of 2013.
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Best Sports Game of 2013: NHL 14nhlplayers
Last Year’s Winner: FIFA 13
Notes: The sports category to the Awards has never NOT been a highly contested event. Carrying on the tradition of the winner winning by a single vote, NHL 14 beat out FIFA 14 this year. One vote. Perhaps that has something to do with the 2014 Winter Olympics. Either way, the Gunslingers have an active hockey club that everyone is welcome to join.
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raymanBest Platformer of 2013: RAYMAN LEGENDS
Last Year’s Winner: New Super Mario Bros. U
Notes: It finally happened. A game has knocked the crown off of Mario’s head. This year marks the first time a Mario game has not won this category in the Gunslinger Games Awards. Rayman Legends offers gamers an engrossing art style and addicting gameplay that practically begs a player to chuck the controller across the room out of frustration, take a swig of soda, and pick the game right back up. That is the absolute definition of a great platformer experience, and Rayman Legends, which was available on all major gaming platforms (sorry, pun intended), did it better than any other game in 2013.
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Racing Game of 2013: GRAN TURISMO 6maserati-granturismo
Last Year’s Winner: Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Notes: It hard not to admire the staying power of this long term simulation racing franchise. Gran Turismo’s attention to physics and giving all us gearheads a chance to look under some virtual hoods keeps the franchise among fan favorites. Currently, there is a racing league being set up for our Grand Turismo faction, so check it out and start swapping that paint on the tracks!
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1370430826-the-last-of-us-renderBest Horror/Survival Game of 2013: THE LAST OF US
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: The Horror/Survival genre debuted in this year’s Awards as a category, and the turn out didn’t disappoint. Many Gunslingers opted to cast a vote in this category for games ranging from Dead Space 3 to State of Decay. The gripping tale in The Last of Us held supreme, however. True, there are many touching moments in the game, but they only have such a resonating effect on players because of the brutality of the game’s world. Your pulse will quicken and you will jump out of your seat when being chased down by a clicker. The Last of Us is downright scary on several levels that go beyond the typical “gotcha!” gimmicks.
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Best Digital-Only Game of 2013: RESOGUN and STATE OF DECAY
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: After last year’s Best PS3 Game win by Journey, the writing was on the wall. Digital-only game releases are becoming more relevant every year. This year’s Awards is the first to have a Digital-Only category, and what an introduction it has made! All the votes were counted (twice), and we have a tie between Resogun and State of Decay. To add even more spice to the showdown between the two titles, Resogun is a PS4 digital release while State of Decay is a Xbox360 exclusive. Resogun is best described as a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up developed by the Finnish indie developer Housemarque. State of Decay is a third person open world stealth zombie-survival horror video game developed by Undead Labs. Later, Microsoft did publish State of Decay on Steam so all Microsoft players had an opportunity to play the game.
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Favorite GS Clan Front of 2013: GRAND THEFT AUTO Vgtavtrevor
Last Year’s Winner: Battlefield 3
Notes: This category is not restricted by publication date. As long as the game had a clan front featured by the Gunslingers in 2013, it was an eligible choice. There were some interesting trends this year. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 gathered more votes than Call of Duty: Ghosts. Battlefield 3 nearly had more than Battlefield 4. Neither match up could contend with the immense popularity of our Game of the Year selection, Grand Theft Auto V. The amount of mayhem the Gunslingers can do when on the GTA V servers together is boundless. May bounties keep being placed on our heads throughout 2014!
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nes-console-with-controllerFavorite Game Released Prior 1995: MARIO KART (SNES), SUPER MARIO BROS. 3 (NES), and THE LEGEND OF ZELDA (NES)
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: Really, the winner here is Nintendo. This write-in vote category was purposely designed to be extremely open-ended. As one of the largest gaming groups specifically for older gamers, the temptation was just too great. What games shaped all our collective childhoods? Could a common thread of experience be found? Turns out, it could, and that common thread is Nintendo. Two of the winners (Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda) were originally published on the NES, while Mario Kart was released on the Super Nintendo. Nintendo may be struggling to find its niche with the current generation of gamers, but it seems we owe some great memories to the Big N.
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The Current/Next Gen Console Most Owned by Gunslingers: MICROSOFT XBOX360xbox360
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: When Gunslinger members were asked which consoles they owned during this generation of gaming, the Xbox360 was most frequently on the list. The Playstation 3 came in second with only three votes less, and the Nintendo Wii rounded out the top three selections. The Playstation 4 was listed 50% more than the XboxOne. The Nintendo 3DS tied with the PS4. The Sony Vita came in last place in regards to GSers mentioning it as part of their hardware library.
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Hunter_RenderMost Anticipated Game in 2014: DESTINY
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: What does Bungie have up its sleeve? That seems to be the most paramount question in 2014. The company has finally branched out beyond the Halo franchise to explore different science fiction realms. We will need to wait and see how the game turns out, but one thing is for sure. There will most certainly be a Gunslingers clan front for the game. Honorable mentions include Titanfall and Mario Kart 8. Both games were popular answers as well.
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