January 29, 2014

~ PART 3 ~

If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of the Futuregamez.net Awards then we suggest you start with those, but if you have, then read on for the big ones...

Here we come to the third and final part of the Futuregamez.net Awards in which we look at the Best Sound, Best Graphics and Overall Game of the Year. Obviously the PSP is a dead system, and we don't cover the PSVita so we don't have categories for those systems. Here we go...

Best Audio in a PS3 Game
Winner: The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog)
There is just so much right about this game that it's not surprising to see it get another win, this time for Best Audio in a PS3 game. Voice work for Joel (Troy Baker) and Ellie (Ashley Johnson) is probably as good as we've ever heard in video games - honest, realistic, emotional, amusing - all the bases are covered. Beyond the fantastic voice work and wonderful sound effects, the musical score from Gustavo Santaolalla is absolutely top-notch and worthy of any feature film.
Runners Up: Bioshock Infinite (Irrational Games), Beyond: Two Souls (Quantic Dream).

Best Graphics in a PS3 Game
Winner: Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)
When you get near the end of a consoles life pretty much every developer is wringing the last ounce of power from the machine so picking a winner this year was extremely tough with a dozen, or more, games in serious contention. Ultimately it's the large open-world map of Rockstar's title, with no loading, that pushed it to the top of the pile however great characters, animations, changing weather and time of day and cut-scenes make this the overall best looking game on Sony's third console.
Runners Up: The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog), Beyond: Two Souls (Quantic Dream).

Best Audio in a PS4 Game
Winner: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)
Picking a winner in this category is becoming harder with every generation of console, and with the PS4 providing cinema quality audio experiences the winner is now picked predominantly due to the sound design, mixing and presentation and Ubisoft's pirate-based title ticks all the boxes. Wonderful music, a massive amount of superbly delivered dialogue, and realistic effects - not least of which are the booming cannons during naval battles as waves crash into your ship. Then of course there are the wonderful sea shanties which the sailors sing while on the high seas. Wonderful.
Runners Up: Killzone: Shadow Fall (Guerilla Games), Battlefield 4 (DICE).

Best Graphics in a PS4 Game
Winner: Killzone: Shadow Fall (Guerrilla Games)
No doubt this will be a much more hotly contested category in 2014 as developers release PS4 exclusive, and highly optimised titles, for the system, but there are several standout titles already with Sony's own Killzone: Shadow Fall holding the candle as a standout experience visually. The game contains a wide variety of locations and some of the most stunning visuals ever seen in video games - can you ever forget the first time seeing the game flying over the city before the terrorist explosion rips a building apart. It's stunning and if this is a benchmark for future release, the PS4 will astound.
Runners Up: Resogun (Housemarque), NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts).


Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony
Distributer: Sony
Release Date: 14/6/2013

When Naughty Dog announced they were making a game with a second development team questions were raised - could this secondary team develop a game as engrossing as Uncharted, and could they launch a new IP on the PlayStation 3 that could rival that bigger brother. Those questions were answered emphatically in June 2013 when The Last Of Us was released, and exceeded expectations of even the most optimistic gamer. This was a post-apocalyptic game but one where the focus was on the relationship between a man and teenage girl as they struggled to survive.

Humorous, harrowing, dramatic and terrifying this game has all the bases covered with some of the best cut-scenes ever seen in video games, and an audio visual presentation to rival the very best. Throw in some great multiplayer modes and this really is the complete package.

The Last Of Us is one of the greatest games of all time and a prime example of how video games are every bit as engrossing and yet more engaging then feature films. This a worthy winner of the 2013 Futuregamez.net Game of the Year.

Runners Up: Bioshock Infinite (PS3, Irrational Games), Tomb Raider (PS3, Crystal Dynamics), Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, Rockstar North), Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4/PS3, Ubisoft), Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3, Level-5), Resogun (PS4, Housemarque), Rayman Legends (PS3, Ubisoft), Beyond: Two Souls (Quantic Dream).

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