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G4 Canada's 2013 Game of the Year Awards: Consoles

Jan 21, 2014

By Daniel Barron, John Powell, Alexander Cattani - G4 Canada

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Console launches and news dominated 2013, with gamers being introduced to both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, while Nintendo's Wii U continued to gather an audience. 2013 launched a new era of gaming, in which next-gen graphics, audio, and gameplay highlight just how far the industry has come as a whole.

Let's not forget, though, that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are still chugging along into 2014. With so many fresh titles on the way, there is no reason to put them out to pasture just yet.

Below are our selections for 2013's console awards.

Check back next week for the list of overall awards.

Nintendo Wii U

Game of the Year Awards 2013John Powell: Once again, Mario is the clear winner. There is always something new and different from everyone's favourite plumber.

Best Exclusive: Super Mario 3D World

Wii U Game of the Year
Gold – Super Mario 3D World
Silver – Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Bronze – Call of Duty Ghosts

Best Audio
Gold – Call of Duty: Ghosts
Silver – Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Bronze - Splinter Cell Blacklist

Best Graphics
Gold – Call of Duty Ghosts
Silver – Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Bronze- Super Mario 3D World

Daniel Barron: There's nothing lazy about this Mario game, even if it is a lot of what we've seen before. Still 3D platforming at its finest.

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best Exclusive: Super Mario 3D World

Wii U Game of the Year
Gold – Super Mario 3D World
Silver – Pikmin 3
Bronze – The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Best Audio
Gold – Super Mario 3D World
Silver – Pikmin 3
Bronze - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Best Graphics
Gold – Pikmin 3
Silver – Super Mario 3D World
Bronze- The Wonderful 101

Alex Cattani: While it's easy to forget, Nintendo technically ushered in the next generation of consoles over a year ago. Not so much known for it's graphical power or robust online features, The Wii U is a testament to Nintendo's ability to branch off in it's own direction. In 2013, the clear standout was Super Mario 3D World. A challenging single player fused with great level design made the latest entry in the mustached plumbers long running series a must buy for any Wii U owner.

Best Exclusive: Super Mario 3D World.

Wii U Game of the Year
Gold – Super Mario 3D World
Silver – Lego City Undercover
Bronze – Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure

Best Audio
Gold – Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Silver – Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Bronze – Lego City Undercover

Best Graphics
Gold – Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Silver – Wonderful 101
Bronze- Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Nintendo 3DS

John Powell: Mixing the best old school and modern Zelda gameplay, A Link Between Worlds had it all for 3DS fans. Some may quibble with Pokemon getting a Bronze from me but the evolution of that time-honoured series really pushed the limits of the 3DS technology.

Best Exclusive: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best Nintendo 3DS Game of the Year
Gold – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Silver – Fire Emblem: Awakening
Bronze – Pokemon X & Y

Best Audio
Gold – Pokemon X & Y
Silver – Fire Emblem Awakening
Bronze - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Best Graphics
Gold – Fire Emblem: Awakening
Silver – Pokemon X & Y
Bronze - Luigi's Mansion

Daniel Barron: Another step forward for the critically acclaimed Fire Emblem series, Awakening thrived on the relationships between its characters, rock-solid gameplay that demanded strategic thinking, and plenty of surprises.

Best Exclusive: Fire Emblem: Awakening

Best Nintendo 3DS Game of the Year
Gold – Fire Emblem: Awakening
Silver – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Bronze – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Best Audio
Gold – Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate
Silver – Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Bronze - Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Best Graphics
Gold – Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate
Silver – Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Bronze - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Alexander Cattani: Easily the most dominant handheld on the market, the Nintendo 3DS shows no sign of giving in anytime soon. It may not be a powerhouses under the hood, but the 3DS's diverse wealth of software make it essential for fans of gaming on the go. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds brings the series forward once again. Equal parts nostalgic and engrossing, A Link Between Worlds stands as possibly one of the best 3Ds titles to date.

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best Exclusive: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Best Nintendo 3DS Game of the Year
Gold – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Silver – Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Bronze – Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Best Audio
Gold – Pokémon X & Y
Silver – Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Bronze – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Best Graphics
Gold – Fire Emblem: Awakening
Silver – Bravely Default
Bronze – Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Xbox One

John Powell: Microsoft's next-gen machine has arrived with a supporting cast offering something for every type of gamer out there. When it comes to the launch titles though, nothing even laid a hand on Dead Rising 3 which elevated the series into something far more substantial. Still, when it comes to the best of the best, nothing on Xbox One compares to Black Flag and its vast world full of adventure and intrigue.

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best Exclusive: Dead Rising 3

Best Xbox One Game of the Year
Gold – Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Silver – Dead Rising 3
Bronze – Call of Duty: Ghosts

Best Audio
Gold – Call of Duty: Ghosts
Silver – Battlefield 4
Bronze - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Best Graphics
Gold – Call of Duty: Ghosts
Silver – Ryse: Son of Rome
Bronze - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Alex Cattani: In my opinion, Microsoft Xbox One launched with easily the most varied catalogue of exclusives in 2013. From fighting, to Action to Racing, Microsoft is making sure each and every gamer has something to suit their tastes. For me, Dead Rising 3 had me grinning through and through. If having a weapon in your game called the "Freedom Bear" doesn't automatically fill you with delight, I don't know what will. Though Dead Rising 3 stands amongst the best exclusives on the system, it's hard to match Battlefield 4 as overall game of the year on the system.

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best Exclusive: Dead Rising 3

Best Xbox One Game of the Year
Gold – Battlefield 4
Silver –Dead Rising 3
Bronze – Assassin's Creed 4

Best Audio
Gold – Forza Motorsport 5
Silver – Battlefield: 4
Bronze – Call of Duty: Ghosts

Best Graphics
Gold – Battlefield 4
Silver – Ryse: Son of Rome
Bronze – Forza Motorsport 5

Xbox 360

John Powell: GTA V was more than anyone ever hoped for or thought possible. In my mind, nothing even comes close to reaching the scope of the GTA V experience. It is truly a gaming masterpiece. Gears is one of my favourite series, so it was a pleasure to step back into that world in 2013.

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best Exclusive: Gears of War: Judgment

Best Xbox 360 Game of the Year
Gold – Grand Theft Auto 5
Silver – Tomb Raider
Bronze – BioShock Infinite

Best Audio
Gold – Grand Theft Auto 5
Silver – BioShock Infinite
Bronze - Call of Duty: Ghosts

Best Graphics
Gold – BioShock Infinite
Silver – Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Bronze- Call of Duty Ghosts

Alexander Cattani: Three sociopaths running wild in a faithfully recreated Los Angeles. What's there not to like? Made only better with excellent writing and polished gameplay. GTA 5 is, without a doubt, the strongest in the series. Though, its online mode had a rough launch, it proved to be a great addition to the already vast story mode. When it comes down to 360 exclusives for 2013, my pick goes to the indie survival title, State of Decay. In many ways the opposite of Dead Rising 3, State of Decay is a slow chilling zombie romp that places a great emphasis on survival and recourse gathering.

Best Exclusive: State of Decay

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best Xbox 360 Game of the Year
Gold – Grand Theft Auto 5
Silver – BioShock Infinite
Bronze – DmC: Devil May Cry

Best Audio
Gold – Grid 2
Silver – Grand Theft Auto: 5
Bronze – DmC: Devil May Cry

Best Graphics
Gold – Battlefield 4
Silver – Grid 2
Bronze- Call of Duty: Ghosts

PC

John Powell: If you were a PC gamer in 2013, you sure had your pick of the litter. I really enjoyed the old school feeling of Gone Home as well as its mystery and addictive plot and puzzles.

Best Exclusive: Gone Home

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best PC Game of the Year
Gold – Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Silver – BioShock Infinite
Bronze – Tomb Raider

Best Audio
Gold – BioShock Infinite
Silver – Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Bronze- Battlefield 4

Best Graphics
Gold – BioShock Infinite
Silver – Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Bronze - Metro: Last Light

PlayStation 3

John Powell: Many people have tried to sway me but I still don't understand all of the affection for The Last of Us. I stand by my review. I found it repetitive, slow, recycled and unimaginative which is why I would rather play Ni No Kuni.

Best Exclusive: Ni No Kuni

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best PS3 Game of the Year
Gold – Grand Theft Auto 5
Silver – Tomb Raider
Bronze – BioShock Infinite

Best Audio
Gold – Grand Theft Auto 5
Silver – BioShock Infinite
Bronze - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Best Graphics
Gold – BioShock Infinite
Silver – Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Bronze - Call of Duty Ghosts

Daniel Barron: Two memorable characters formed a relationship that was unforgettable in The Last of Us, and that was what made the game so spectacular. The gameplay was stuff we've seen before, but Joel and Ellie - and the experiences they went through - are what made The Last of Us one of the year's best.

Best Exclusive: The Last of Us

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best PS3 Game of the Year
Gold – The Last of Us
Silver – Rain
Bronze – God of War: Ascension

Best Audio
Gold – The Last of Us
Silver – God of War: Ascension
Bronze - Gran Turismo 6

Best Graphics
Gold – God of War: Ascension
Silver – The Last of Us
Bronze - Gran Turismo 6

Alexander Cattani: Naughty Dog blew me away with its sombre, dark tale, The Last of Us. Quickly becoming one of my favorite developers, Naughty Dog really stepped up its game after the underwhelming Uncharted 3. Brilliant writing, deep characters and a brave conclusion, The Last of Us is an essential play for any gamer.

Best Exclusive: The Last of Us

Best PS3 Game of the Year
Gold – The Last of Us
Silver – Tomb Raider
Bronze – BioShock Infinite

Best Audio
Gold – Grand Theft Auto: 5
Silver – The Last of
Bronze – Metro: Last Light

Best Graphics
Gold – The Last of Us
Silver – DmC: Devil May Cry
Bronze – Puppeteer

PlayStation 4

Daniel Barron: It's been slim pickings in terms of PS4 releases since the system launched in November. That said, Resogun proves undeniably fun, with a surprising amount of replayability. It flew under the radar, but it's a bonafide masterpiece as far as I'm concerned.

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best Exclusive: Resogun

Best PS3 Game of the Year
Gold – Resogun
Silver – Killzone: Shadow Fall
Bronze – Knack

Best Audio
Gold – Killzone: Shadow Fall
Silver – Resogun
Bronze - Knack

Best Graphics
Gold – Killzone: Shadow Fall BioShock Infinite
Silver – Resogun
Bronze - Knack

Alex Cattani: Some may scoff at all the hype surrounding Resogun. It may look like your typical twin stick shooter but under its benign surface, Resogun was my most played PS4 Exclusive of the year. I found myself saying "Just one more game" more times then I probably should've. Other then Resogun, a lot of my time spent on the PS4 was with EA's modern war epic, Battlefield 4. The first time I joined a full game of 64 players, I was floored. Its deep competitive mode has a place for each type of play style. Whether it's vehicles on land, air and sea or infantry specialists in the thick of the fray. Battlefield 4 offers a unique experience.

Game of the Year Awards 2013Best Exclusive: Resogun

Best PS4 Game of the Year:
Gold – Battlefield 4
Silver – Assassin's Creed 4
Bronze – Killzone: Shadow Fall

Best Audio
Gold – Battlefield 4
Silver – Contrast
Bronze - Resogun

Best Graphics
Gold – Killzone: Shadow Fall
Silver – Battlefield 4
Bronze – Assassin's Creed 4

PlayStation Vita

Alexander Cattani: Approaching its second year, The PS Vita has finally started to hit its stride. 2013 was an astounding year for Vita owners. Hands down the best game on Sony's Handheld this year was Guacamelee. The luchador themed Metroid-vania title fits perfectly on the handheld. A superb combat system with a plethora of collectables to find, Guacamelee not only stands as 2013's best, but my personal favorite vita game to date.

Best Exclusive: Guacamelee

Best PlayStation Vita Game of the Year
Gold – Guacamelee
Silver – Soul Sacrifice
Bronze – Dragon's Crown

Best Audio
Gold – Guacamelee
Silver – Killzone: Mercenary
Bronze – Rayman: Legends

Best Graphics
Gold – Killzone: Mercenary
Silver – Tearaway
Bronze – Dragon's Crown

 
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