To most people it probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but Naughty Dog and PlayStation’s The Last of Us Part II has taken out the gong for Game of the Year at Geoff Keighley’s Game Awards™, beating off stiff competition from Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima, Supergiant Games Hades, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII Remake, Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Bethesda and id Software’s DOOM Eternal.
The Last of Us Part II was certainly one of the year’s most divisive games, with a number of people not jiving with the game’s direction or story. However, this was only a small section of players, with the majority of players and critics praising almost every element of the game. Yours truly awarded it a score of 9.5, writing that “Featuring generation-defining game design, The Last of Us Part II is an unrivalled masterpiece that stumbles ever so slightly under its own ambitions“.
Game of the Year wasn’t the only award that Naughty Dog and The Last of Us Part II won, with the game walking away with six other awards: Best Game Direction, Innovation in Accessibility, Best Audio Design, Best Narrative, Best Performance (Laura Bailey as Abby) and Best Action/Adventure Game.
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