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Who better to decide which game ranks as the best of the year than the people who actually buy the games? It makes sense, right? Well, Amazon gave their users an opportunity to express which game they felt deserved the crown as the best of 2013 and in no uncertain terms The Last of Us took the crown.
You'll find the photo over on Amazon's Facebook page, where users had an opportunity to vote for their favorites of the previous year, and many of the top games that you would have expected to flesh out the list are at the top of the list.
You can see how the pie-chart breaks down each game in level of favoritism below.
For those of you unable to understand what the rest of the games are beyond The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto V, Reddit user trojanus rolled out a complete list of the games in order of ranking from favorite to not-quite-the-top-favorite...
1. The Last of Us
2. Grand Theft Auto V
3. Bioshock Infinite
4. Super Mario 3D World
5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
6. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
7. Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag
8. Tomb Raider
9. Fire Emblem: Awakening
10. Battlefield 4
Woot, no Call of Duty: Ghosts. Now that's what I'm talking about.
Facebook users also noticed the absence of Activision's annual cash-in cow, with Dan Vfx writing...
No COD Ghosts? YES!!! people are opening their eyes
Yeah bro, people are only spending money on it so it makes a billion dollars a year but they won't vote for it as their favorite game of the year. That's really showing Activision!
A few things to note, though: I'm glad Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch got a bit of loving because it's the very definition of a niche JRPG and it shows that the east still has some staying power with crafting great looking games with stories that resonate beyond the far corner pockets of the gaming community.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't shocked to see Super Mario 3D World up there so close to Bioshock: Infinite. Nintendos' first-party title didn't receive half the amount of hype or Doritocratic puffing that other games on the list did, but fans know a good game when they see one. Great way to crack those Doritos and show that you can switch to Lays anytime you want.
It's also extremely interesting to see that not one Xbox exclusive from the Xbox 360 or Xbox One made the list. While yes, multiplatform titles like Assassin's Creed IV or Battlefield 4 could be considered Xbox games, the fact that Ryse, Forza Motorsport 5, Peggle 2, Zoo Tycoon or Gears of War: Judgment were no where to be found speaks volumes for what the average consumers (and core gamer) thinks about the Xbox brand right now. I mean, getting beat out by Nintendo? The company that the entire Doritocracy says is dying? What does that say about Microsoft?
Anyway, the gaming community have spoken and The Last of Us won out 2013. Even though GTA V might be the sales king, Naughty Dog seems to have captivated the community at large with a thought-provoking and intriguing third-person shooter. Will Sony be able to repeat the process in 2014? Time will tell.