I just finished The Last of Us and loved the nuanced characters and mostly enjoyed the story (little cliche heavy at the start), but I really disliked the controls. I felt that the game borrowed mechanics from both, action and survival horror, and the two types of game play were at odds with one another. Although I enjoyed the story, the mechanics cause me to have my reservations when recommending it to friends.
Anyways, this got me thinking about how one balances story and game play when judging a video game. I certainly understand why someone might value one over the other and thought I'd gather some data on what's more important to the Giant Bomb community.
Thanks for your time.