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Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed The Last of Us swept us at this years British Academy Games Awards picking up five of the seven awards for which it was nominated.
The post-apocalyptic survival game picked up awards for best action and adventure title, best story, best audio achievement, best performer (for Ashely Johnson as Ellie) and the nights biggest award, Best Game.
It was a excellent night for British developers with Rockstar also picking up four awards.
The Edinburgh-based developer picked up best British game, best game design, best multiplayer and the BAFTA fellowship award, presented by Metal Gear director Hideo Kojima, for Grand Theft Auto V.
2013 was a year with plenty of videogame scandal, from EA’s botched handling of the Sim City launch, Ashes Cricket’s sudden removal from shelves, Nintendo’s continued Wii U struggles, to Microsoft’s embarrassing about-turn on its Xbox One policies.
However, issues aside, the industry continued to push the medium of interactive entertainment forward, offering a breadth of refreshing and new experiences.
The Last of Us (-46%) remains at the top of the UK chart for a fourth week, a record time at the top for 2013.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-22%) holds second as FIFA 13 (-24%) gains a place over Animal Crossing: New Leaf (-29%) at third.
Assassin’s Creed III (-3%) has a minor slip in sales to coming in at fifth.
Tomb Raider (-20%) and Call of Duty: Black Ops II (-18%) both climb one place to sixth and seventh respectively. The Sims 3: Island Paradise (-53%) and Deadpool (-54%) both drop three places, but ward off Far Cry 3 (-17%) as it re-enters the top ten.
The only new release in the Top 40 this week is Nintendo 3DS RPG Project X Zone from Namco Bandai at eighteenth.
The Last Of Us (-35%) continues for a third week on top, despite new competition.
The retail version of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, from Scottish developers 4J Studios, grabs second, demoting Animal Crossing: New Leaf (-25%) and FIFA 13 (+43%) to third and fourth respectively, the latter aided by an impressive sales boost.
The Sims 3: Island Paradise, the tenth expansion for the game so far, is a new entry at fifth, ahead of Deadpool, another new entry at sixth place.
Tomb Raider falls from fourth to seventh and Call of Duty: Black Ops II drops two places to eighth. Assassin’s Creed III sticks in at ninth.
Launching at tenth, Company of Heroes 2 is the latest title to receive a mid-week release, seven years after the original. Developers Relic were snapped up after the fall of THQ last year, with Sega now publishing the latest game on PC.
The Last Of Us reaches number one as the third best release so far this year and the best new IP debut since L.A. Noire. Animal Crossing: New Leaf hits second on the 3DS as the most successful launch of a non-Mario title so far.
GRiD 2 (-45%) takes a cut of sales in its second week, demoting it to third, but ahead of Tomb Raider (+53%) which leaps three places thanks to promotions.FIFA 13 (-32%) completes the top five by dropping three places due to new movement.
Injustice: Gods Among Us (+47%) gains five places into sixth as the title re-enters the top ten after price battles with retailers. Far Cry 3 (-1%) takes a minor dip in sales to land at seventh ahead of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition (-6%) at eighth.
Sales of Luigi’s Mansion 2 (+18%) leave it at ninth, down one from last week, as Assassin’s Creed III (+18%) gains by the same sales margin to stay at tenth.
The only other new release this week, Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition kicks off at twelfth.
It’s that time of year again, with the industry descending on Los Angeles to show off their wares for the press and the public alike. Sony took to the stage late on Monday (early Tuesday morning here in the UK) and managed to convince that there is plenty of life yet in their current hardware, despite all the recent rumours of looming next generation consoles.
Here’s our round-up of their conference with plenty of juicy details and trailers to feast your eyes on.