NZGamer.com 2013 Game of the Year Winners

NZGamer.com 2013 Game of the Year Winners
 
 

The winners of the NZGamer.com 2013 Game of the Year Awards announced!

The NZGamer.com Game of the Year Awards recognize excellence in videogames across seventeen categories, including everything from Game of the Year to Best Kiwi Game, Most Surprising Game, and Best NZ Retailer.

All awards are based on votes by the gaming public; we received over 34,000 votes for games from you - ensuring the awards are a true representation of what Kiwi gamers love.

As if that wasn't enough, one lucky voter will walk away with $1,000 worth of games of their choice, thanks to award sponsor Orcon! Read on to find out who that lucky person is . . .

The winners of the 2013 NZGamer.com Game of the Year Awards are...

Best Shooter Best Shooter

Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts)
The latest instalment in EA's epic series of first person shooters, Battlefield 4 brings several new features to the franchise, including the ability to "spot" enemies in both single- and multi-player modes, support for dual-scoped weapons, and many advancements in the map-changing "levolution" destruction system the Battlefield games are famous for.

Runner-up: BioShock Infinite (2K Games)

 

Best Action-Adventure Best Action-Adventure Game

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)
Overall this is an amazing game. The few small black spots on the record can’t eclipse the fact that this is, like Red Dead Redemption and LA Noire before it, an experience as much as a game. San Andreas is vast and sprawling and so much fun to explore. There are thousands of things to do and hundreds of missions, so this will not be a quick playthrough.

Runner-up: The Last of Us (Sony Computer Entertainment)

 

Best Platform Best Platform Game

Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo)
The latest in the ultra-long running and incredibly popular Mario series, 3D World follows on from the well-received 3D Land (on 3DS), both of which involve a mix of 2D and 3D gameplay styles. There's a new powerup that lets players transform into a cat, multiplayer support for up to four players at a time (a first for a "3D" Mario title), a "double cherries" powerup for increased damage, and even wearable cannons for even more offensive output.

Runner-up: Rayman Legends (Ubisoft)

 

Best Sports Game Best Sports Game

FIFA 14

FIFA 14 (EA Sports)
The series goes from strength to strength as a rule, and this year's iteration didn't buck the trend (we gave it 9/10 on current-gen machines, praising it in particular for its presentation and vast amounts of content to explore). The next-gen version features the high-fidelity you'd expect from the new machines definitely adds to the experience, and Xbox One owners won't even have to pay for the privilege (it's included free with that console); they'll even be able to play with Legends in the game's Ultimate Team mode, which is exclusive to Microsoft's machine.

Runner-up: NBA 2K14 (2K Sports)

 

Best Fighting Game Best Fighting Game

Injustice Gods Among Us

Injustice: Gods Among Us (Warner Bros.)
In the future, things go very badly for Superman, and he loses his rag. This leads to other heroes choosing sides as all-out war engulfs the world. Who will win? Choose between teams lead by Superman and Batman then face off to decide. The ultimate edition spreads the game across new platforms like PlayStation 4 and Vita, while packing in all of the various DLC characters ( Lobo, Batgirl, General Zod, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna, and Mortal Kombat's Scorpion.)

Runner-up: Dead or Alive 5 (Tecmo)

 

Best Driving Game Best Driving Game

Gran Turismo 6

Gran Turismo 6 (Sony Computer Entertainment)
The latest release in the venerable racing simulation series, GT6 sports more than 1200 cars - more than 120 of which are new to the franchise. There's also a new feature called "Vision Gran Turismo", which includes specially designed cars from various brands (with some from traditional car makers - like BMW and Ford - as well as others from less traditional sources, like Jordan and Nike.) There's more than 100 tracks (in 37 different locations), dynamic weather and time of day (complete with simulated, accurate star positions), and a brand new interface which the developers promise will be quick and easy to use.

Runner-up: Forza Motorsport 5 (Microsoft)

 

Best PlayStation-Exclusive Best PlayStation-Exclusive

The Last of Us

The Last of Us (Sony Computer Entertainment)
The Last of Us is a memorable gaming experience. The comparisons to Uncharted can’t be ignored and, while it might appear a ‘safe move’ by Naughty Dog on the surface, their new franchise undoubtedly pushes the boundaries in a welcome new direction. They have put their well-polished engine to excellent use and put the emphasis on compelling characters to showcase what this talented studio can really deliver. It’s harrowing, emotionally driven, action-packed, and impossible to put down once you start.

Runner-up: Beyond Two Souls (sony Computer Entertainment)

 

Best Xbox-Exclusive Best Xbox- Exclusive

Forza Motorsport 5

Forza Motorsport 5 (Microsoft)
Bathurst. There's a bunch of other stuff included in Microsoft and Turn 10's latest racer, of course, but Bathurst... let's just say that the track's inclusion is likely to be a smash-hit amongst players in this part of the world. In addition, some 180 cars (from 54 manufacturers) are included, along with well-known and recognised tracks including Bathurst, Silverstone, and Laguna Seca.

Runner-up: Dead Rising 3 (Microsoft)

 

Best Xbox-Exclusive Best Nintendo-Exclusive

Pokemon X & Y

Pokemon X & Y (Nintendo)
The latest in the long-running Pokémon series of handheld action RPGs, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (they're two separate games that are largely the same, but have a slightly different set of monsters to catch - in order to encourage trading between players - and some other minor differences) introduce both the sixth generation of gameplay and an all-new 3D graphics engine. There's a host of other features, too, including an online "bank" to keep your Pokémon in, deeper online functionality, the ability to directly interact with your Pokémon, and numerous tweaks to the "gotta catch 'em all" formula.

Runner-up: Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo)

 

Best Handheld Game Best Handheld Game

Pokemon X & Y

Pokemon X & Y (Nintendo)
The latest in the long-running Pokémon series of handheld action RPGs, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (they're two separate games that are largely the same, but have a slightly different set of monsters to catch - in order to encourage trading between players - and some other minor differences) introduce both the sixth generation of gameplay and an all-new 3D graphics engine. There's a host of other features, too, including an online "bank" to keep your Pokémon in, deeper online functionality, the ability to directly interact with your Pokémon, and numerous tweaks to the "gotta catch 'em all" formula.

Runner-up: Killzone Mercenary (Sony Computer Entertainment)

 

Best Narrative Best Narrative

The Last of Us

The Last of Us (Sony Computer Entertainment)
The Last of Us is a memorable gaming experience. The comparisons to Uncharted can’t be ignored and, while it might appear a ‘safe move’ by Naughty Dog on the surface, their new franchise undoubtedly pushes the boundaries in a welcome new direction. They have put their well-polished engine to excellent use and put the emphasis on compelling characters to showcase what this talented studio can really deliver. It’s harrowing, emotionally driven, action-packed, and impossible to put down once you start.

Runner-up: BioShock Infinite (2K Games)

 

Most Surprising Game Most Surprising Game

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Ubisoft)
In a terrible future world, after the nuclear destruction of Canada and the fall of Australia, Blood Dragons - neon dinosaurs that shoot lasers from their eyes - roam the wilderness. Whether you're playing through the fairly short story, or roaming the open world for hours killing sharks, cyborgs, and laser shooting dinosaurs, the game is just way too much fun. It's an open world FPS packed with attitude, style, and a lead with a cybernetic eye who, with the bodies of Sloan's soldiers piling up around him, snarls, "Send for a medic, I'll kill him too".

Runner-up: Remember Me (Capcom)

 

Biggest Disappointment Biggest Disappointment

Aliens: Coloniel Marines

Aliens: Colonial Marines (Sega)
It’s a shame that a title seven years in the making could result in something so lackluster.  But it appears that the elongated, ‘stop-start’ development ultimately resulted in an inconsistent and disappointing final result. It’s a double-miss for Gearbox after the awful Duke Nukem Forever. Aliens: Colonial Marines might be best jettisoned into space alongside it.

Runner-up: SimCity (EA Games)

 

Best New IP Best New IP

The Last of Us

The Last of Us (Sony Computer Entertainment)
The Last of Us is a memorable gaming experience. The comparisons to Uncharted can’t be ignored and, while it might appear a ‘safe move’ by Naughty Dog on the surface, their new franchise undoubtedly pushes the boundaries in a welcome new direction. They have put their well-polished engine to excellent use and put the emphasis on compelling characters to showcase what this talented studio can really deliver. It’s harrowing, emotionally driven, action-packed, and impossible to put down once you start.

Runner-up: Path of Exile (Grinding Gear Games)

 

Best Kiwi Game Best Kiwi Game

Path of Exile

Path of Exile (Grinding Gear Games)
Some say Path of Exile is what Diablo III should have been. I agree. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it's the pinnacle of the genre, and something that other developers should aspire to. This is a fantastic game. For a free title, knocked together by a small team, it's stunning just how much it blows the opposition away. They have taken what was wrong with the genre and fixed it; what was right, they have made even better.

Runner-up: Bloons Tower Defence 5 (Ninja Kiwi)

 

Best NZ Retailer Best NZ Retailer

Mighty Ape

MightyApe
MightyApe have been in business for over a decade and during that time have earned a reputation for providing a fast, safe, reliable, affordable and fun online shopping experience. MightyApe have over 6 million products in their catalogue including games, books, movies, home and office products, toys and collectibles, music, electronics and computers.

Runner-up: JB Hi-Fi

 

Game of the Year Overall 2013 Game of the Year

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)
Overall this is an amazing game. The few small black spots on the record can’t eclipse the fact that this is, like Red Dead Redemption and LA Noire before it, an experience as much as a game. San Andreas is vast and sprawling and so much fun to explore. There are thousands of things to do and hundreds of missions, so this will not be a quick playthrough.

Runner-up: The Last of Us (Sony Computer Entertainment)

 

All those that voted in the 2013 NZGamer.com Game of the Year Awards went in the draw to win $1,000 worth of games.

We are pleased to announce the winner is Jennifer Bell

Congratulations to Jennifer, and to all our winners. Thanks to everyone that voted! We'd also like to extend a big thanks to the New Zealand gaming industry who continue to support us.




 

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Comments Comments (37)

 
rocketman12
Posted by rocketman12
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 12:03 PM
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Congrats to Jennifer, well done.
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 12:05 PM
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Good lineup, and congatulations to Jennifer! What a prize :D
 
 
 
Posted by Jas
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 12:06 PM
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congrats Jennifer
 
 
 
LeftoversNZ
Posted by LeftoversNZ
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 12:12 PM
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Congrats Jennifer, that's a sweet prize. Just a lil jealous
 
 
 
ssjroneel
Posted by ssjroneel
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 12:13 PM
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Congrats Jennifer!

Nice list of winners:D
 
 
 
Posted by toner
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 12:15 PM
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congrats jennifer
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 12:19 PM
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Congratulations winner! :)
 
 
 
Sam
Posted by Sam
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 12:34 PM
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Shot Jennifer, what an amazing prize
 
 
 
Partos
Posted by Partos
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 12:35 PM
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Winrar is Jennifer!
 
 
 
Posted by woollywol
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 12:44 PM
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Congrats to the winner, and thanks to NZgamer for running this - it was fun!
 
 
 
Posted by TenguNZ
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 1:01 PM
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Congratulations Jennifer. Bet your stoked!!!
 
 
 
Posted by nenz
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 1:03 PM
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Lucky you! well done.
 
 
 
Posted by BlakeyNZ
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 1:12 PM
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Well done Jen, was glad to see blood dragon in there lol
 
 
 
Posted by Winger Gee
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 1:30 PM
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Well done J and NZG !!!
 
 
 
W1NG3R_NZ
Posted by W1NG3R_NZ
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 1:35 PM
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Congrats Jennifer!
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 1:37 PM
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Sadly I don't have many of these games lol. Congrats Jennifer :-)
 
 
 
Posted by Deanology
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 1:46 PM
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Congrats winner.
Some good titles there, well deserved winners.
 
 
 
Posted by ALK3MiST
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 2:03 PM
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mean prize, congrats chick
 
 
 
Posted by emetic
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 3:01 PM
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34k votes is a good turnout.
 
 
 
Posted by Bappernz
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 3:15 PM
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congrats jennifer, and thanks NZG, was also surprised by some of the winners
 
 
 
Durty Driscoll
Posted by Durty Driscoll
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 3:26 PM
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W00T Jennifer!
 
 
 
Shoel
Posted by Shoel
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 3:32 PM
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Congratulations to the winner :-)
 
 
 
Jake
Posted by Jake
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 4:05 PM
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Decent troll with the logo on the Best Nintendo Game :P
 
 
 
Posted by Seraphim
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 4:07 PM
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Congratulations Jennifer.
 
 
 
Posted by Timzone
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 5:46 PM
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Well done Jennifer. Some great games in the mix.
 
 
 
Posted by supabowl
On Friday 7 Feb 2014 8:37 PM
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Congrats Jennifer. Slightly jealous of that prize there
 
 
 
Posted by Mattress
On Saturday 8 Feb 2014 12:31 AM
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Congrats Jennifer - enjoy the shopping spree!
 
 
 
Posted by Booker_T_SUCKAAA
On Saturday 8 Feb 2014 7:35 AM
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Good results there. Congrats Jennifer!!
 
 
 
Posted by Dvst8u
On Saturday 8 Feb 2014 8:41 AM
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also sadly dont have many games on the list , awesome prize and congrats!
 
 
 
Posted by Meanvision
On Saturday 8 Feb 2014 8:09 PM
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that was better than gamespot.com game of the year choices
 
 
 
Posted by kiwiatlarge
On Sunday 9 Feb 2014 10:01 AM
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NZG voting readers.. You got it right Imho.. :-)
 
 
 
havicdavis
Posted by havicdavis
On Sunday 9 Feb 2014 11:46 AM
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Cant believe Bioshock Infinite didn't win anything!
 
 
 
Fallin133
Posted by Fallin133
On Tuesday 11 Feb 2014 9:08 AM
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Well done to Jennifer, what a fantastic prize! :D
 
 
 
hazzid69
Posted by hazzid69
On Tuesday 11 Feb 2014 3:37 PM
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great line up, love battlefield!! congrats Jen :)
 
 
 
Posted by kiwibadboy
On Saturday 15 Feb 2014 2:10 PM
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Very deserving games I must say. Congrats Jennifer :D
 
 
 
Posted by thetechnition20
On Tuesday 25 Feb 2014 5:47 PM
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well deserved Mightyape
 
 
 
Posted by reavers
On Thursday 13 Mar 2014 4:39 PM
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9 February 2014, 11:46 AM Reply to havicdavis
Cant believe Bioshock Infinite didn't win anything!
Me too. It was such a great game but I can understand by the other games like Last of Us and GTA V