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This right here is the single hardest pick in the entire 2nd round. Damn it if these are not 2 of the absolute best games in terms of writing, characters, and art direction. Ghost Trick probably has better music but Last of Us has some of the best voice acting this year which added so much more to that story. I can't think of a single portable experience as satisfying as Ghost Trick was in the past few years. Last Of Us used the concept of a zombie apocalypse to tell one of the most affecting video game stories I've seen. These games are both absolutely beautiful.
Aaaaaaaah why do I have to choose?! Sorry guys. I like zombies more than ghosts in most cases. This is the kind of vote where you need to go with your heart.
For how disparate these two games are overall, they are both narrative-driven experiences with excellent characters, writing, and art. This is a pretty tough choice for me, even with Ghost Trick being one of my favorite games ever. However, The Last of Us doesn't have any cute talking animals, so gotta go Ghost Trick!!!...even though I know it's going to end up losing here :(
I feel really bad not having played Ghost Trick and have heard great things about it which further leads to some shame on my part. In an alternate universe where I have played it and one where TLOU doesn't exist I'm sure I'd vote for it.
But guys, Naughty Dog's Magnum Opus is fucking incredible. Uncharted 2 was and still is one of the best games of this generation and before this year was thought to be ND's crowning jewel. They released Uncharted 3 which was great but a step down from 2. ND probably could've called it quits there for this gen and been satisfied with their results of releasing one of the better (if not best) trilogy of games for the generation.
Then they introduce a new IP towards the end of a overlong and stagnant console cycle. Have a post-apocalyptic setting with "zombies" (a tired, and utterly worn-out concept in 2013) and completely blow the fucking doors off the gaming world. They introduce great characters with memorable dialogue. Set the tone and gravity of this harsh world in a fine and poignant way, make stealth and its need not only fun but necessary because the danger is real and combat is something to be avoided.
Oh and it probably has one of the best stories in gaming. And the first 20 mins probably top any game ever, including God of War 3. This may read like hyperbole (and some of it may be) but its hard not to emphasize how fucking good TLOU is.
Sorry Ghost Trick but maybe in Earth 2 you win this round. Here on Earth 1 (or is it?) you do not.