List of accolades received by The Last of Us

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The Last of Us is an action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Players assume control of Joel (Troy Baker), escorting the young Ellie (Ashley Johnson) across a post-apocalyptic United States. The game's development was led by Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann, as game director and creative director, respectively.[1] The game was officially announced on December 10, 2011,[2] and was widely anticipated. It was awarded Most Anticipated Game from PlayStation Universe,[3] receiving a nomination in the same category at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards.[4]

Following its previews at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the game won numerous awards, including Best of Show from several gaming publications.[5][6][7][8][9] It was released worldwide on June 14, 2013 for the PlayStation 3.[a] Review aggregator Metacritic assigned the game a normalized score of 95 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 98 reviews.[11] GameRankings, another review aggregator, assigned it an average review score of 95% based on 68 reviews.[12] Within three weeks of its release, The Last of Us sold approximately 3.4 million copies,[13] and seven million by July 2014, becoming one of the best-selling PlayStation 3 games.[14]

The Last of Us garnered awards and nominations in a variety of categories with particular praise for its story, sound and music, graphical and artistic design, and the acting of its cast. At the 10th British Academy Video Games Awards, the game received ten nominations and went on to win five awards: Best Game, Action & Adventure, Audio Achievement, Performer and Story.[15] The game earned thirteen nominations at the 17th Annual DICE Awards, winning ten, including Game of the Year.[16] At IGN's Best of 2013, the game garnered thirteen nominations and went on to win ten awards, including Game of the Year,[17] Best Overall Action-Adventure Game[18] and Best Overall Sound.[19]

At the 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, The Last of Us won Game of the Year, Best Design and Best Narrative.[20] The game received seven nominations at the Spike VGX, with Troy Baker winning the award for Best Voice Actor and Ashley Johnson winning the award for Best Voice Actress.[21] The game also appeared on several year-end lists of the best games of 2013, receiving Game of the Year wins from The Daily Telegraph,[22] Good Game,[23] Kotaku,[24][25] and VideoGamer.com,[26] among many others.[27][28][29][30]

Accolades[edit]

Date Award Category Recipient(s) and Nominee(s) Result Ref.
December 7, 2012 2012 Spike Video Game Awards Most Anticipated Game The Last of Us Nominated [4]
October 26, 2013 31st Golden Joystick Awards Best Newcomer The Last of Us Won [31]
Best Storytelling The Last of Us Won [31]
Studio of the Year Naughty Dog Won [31]
Game of the Year The Last of Us Nominated [32]
Best Visual Design The Last of Us Nominated [32]
Best Gaming Moment "Joel's loss" Nominated [32]
December 7, 2013 Spike VGX 2013 Studio of the Year Naughty Dog Won [21]
Best PlayStation Game The Last of Us Won [21]
Best Voice Actor Troy Baker as Joel Won [21]
Best Voice Actress Ashley Johnson as Ellie Won [21]
Game of the Year The Last of Us Nominated [21]
Best Action Adventure Game The Last of Us Nominated [21]
Best Soundtrack The Last of Us Nominated [21]
February 1, 2014 41st Annie Awards Best Animated Video Game The Last of Us Won [27]
66th Writers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing The Last of Us Won [33]
February 7, 2014 17th Annual DICE Awards Game of the Year The Last of Us Won [16]
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design The Last of Us Won [16]
Outstanding Achievement in Story The Last of Us Won [16]
Outstanding Character Performance Ashley Johnson as Ellie Won [16]
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming The Last of Us Won [16]
Adventure Game of the Year The Last of Us Won [16]
Outstanding Achievement in Animation The Last of Us Won [16]
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction The Last of Us Won [16]
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering The Last of Us Won [16]
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction The Last of Us Won [16]
Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering The Last of Us Nominated [16]
Outstanding Character Performance Troy Baker as Joel Nominated [16]
Online Game of the Year The Last of Us Nominated [16]
13th Annual National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Game of the Year The Last of Us Won [34]
Animation The Last of Us Nominated [34]
Art Direction, Contemporary The Last of Us Won [34]
Camera Direction in a Game Engine The Last of Us Won [34]
Control Design, 3D The Last of Us Won [34]
Direction in a Game Cinema The Last of Us Won [34]
Game Design, New IP The Last of Us Won [34]
Graphics, Technical The Last of Us Won [34]
Lead Performance in a Drama Troy Baker as Joel Won [34]
Lead Performance in a Drama Ashley Johnson as Ellie Nominated [34]
Lighting/Texturing The Last of Us Won [34]
Original Dramatic Score, New IP The Last of Us Won [34]
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema The Last of Us Won [34]
Sound Effects The Last of Us Won [34]
Use of Sound, New IP The Last of Us Won [34]
Writing in a Drama The Last of Us Won [34]
Game, Original Action The Last of Us Won [34]
March 8, 2014 2014 SXSW Gaming Awards Game of the Year The Last of Us Won [35]
Excellence in Narrative The Last of Us Won [35]
Excellence in SFX The Last of Us Won [35]
Excellence in Musical Score The Last of Us Won [35]
Excellence in Gameplay The Last of Us Nominated [36]
Excellence in Animation The Last of Us Nominated [36]
Convergence Award The Last of Us Nominated [36]
March 12, 2014 10th British Academy Video Games Awards Action & Adventure The Last of Us Won [15]
Artistic Achievement The Last of Us Nominated [15]
Audio Achievement The Last of Us Won [15]
Best Game The Last of Us Won [15]
Game Design The Last of Us Nominated [15]
Multiplayer The Last of Us Nominated [15]
Music The Last of Us Nominated [15]
Performer Ashley Johnson as Ellie Won [15]
Performer Troy Baker as Joel Nominated [15]
Story The Last of Us Won [15]
March 19, 2014 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Game of the Year The Last of Us Won [20]
Best Design The Last of Us Won [20]
Best Narrative The Last of Us Won [20]
Best Technology The Last of Us Nominated [20]
Best Visual Art The Last of Us Nominated [20]
October 24, 2014 2014 Golden Joystick Awards Best Storytelling The Last of Us: Left Behind Won [37]
Best Gaming Moment The kiss (The Last of Us: Left Behind) Won [37]
December 5, 2014 The Game Awards 2014 Games for Change The Last of Us: Left Behind Nominated [38]
Best Remaster The Last of Us Remastered Nominated [38]
February 14, 2015 67th Writers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing The Last of Us: Left Behind Won [39]
March 4, 2015 15th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Best Technology The Last of Us Remastered Honorable Mention [40]
March 12, 2015 11th British Academy Video Games Awards Performer Ashley Johnson as Ellie (The Last of Us: Left Behind) Won [41]
Story The Last of Us: Left Behind Won [41]
March 14, 2015 2015 SXSW Gaming Awards Most Valuable Add-On Content The Last of Us: Left Behind Won [42]
Most Valuable Character Ellie (The Last of Us: Left Behind) Won [42]
Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award The Last of Us: Left Behind Nominated [42]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ An updated version for the PlayStation 4, titled The Last of Us Remastered, was published on July 29, 2014.[10]

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