List of accolades received by The Last of Us

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Some developers at Naughty Dog accepting Game of the Year at the Game Developers Choice Awards.

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, and in July 2014 for the PlayStation 4.[10] Review aggregator Metacritic assigned the game a normalized score of 95 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 98 reviews.[11] Within three weeks of its release, The Last of Us sold approximately 3.4 million copies,[12] and seven million by July 2014, becoming one of the best-selling PlayStation 3 games.[13]

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.[14] The game earned thirteen nominations at the 17th Annual DICE Awards, winning ten, including Game of the Year.[15] At IGN's Best of 2013, the game garnered thirteen nominations and went on to win ten awards, including Game of the Year,[16] Best Overall Action-Adventure Game[17] and Best Overall Sound.[18]

At the 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, The Last of Us won Game of the Year, Best Design and Best Narrative.[19] 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.[20] At the Game Audio Network Guild Awards, it received nine nominations,[21] of which it won four: Audio of the Year, Sound Design of the Year, Best Audio Mix, and Best Dialogue.[22] 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,[23] Good Game,[24] Kotaku,[25][26] and VideoGamer.com,[27] among many others.[28][29][30][31]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date Category Recipient(s) and Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Spike Video Game Awards December 7, 2012 Most Anticipated Game The Last of Us Nominated [4]
Golden Joystick Awards October 26, 2013 Best Newcomer The Last of Us Won [32]
Best Storytelling The Last of Us Won
Studio of the Year Naughty Dog Won
Game of the Year The Last of Us Nominated [33]
Best Visual Design The Last of Us Nominated
Best Gaming Moment "Joel's loss" Nominated
Spike VGX December 7, 2013 Studio of the Year Naughty Dog Won [20]
Best PlayStation Game The Last of Us Won
Best Voice Actor Troy Baker as Joel Won
Best Voice Actress Ashley Johnson as Ellie Won
Game of the Year The Last of Us Nominated
Best Action Adventure Game The Last of Us Nominated
Best Soundtrack The Last of Us Nominated
Annie Awards February 1, 2014 Best Animated Video Game The Last of Us Won [28]
Writers Guild of America Awards February 1, 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing The Last of Us Won [34]
D.I.C.E. Awards February 7, 2014 Game of the Year The Last of Us Won [15]
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design The Last of Us Won
Outstanding Achievement in Story The Last of Us Won
Outstanding Character Performance Ashley Johnson as Ellie Won
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming The Last of Us Won
Adventure Game of the Year The Last of Us Won
Outstanding Achievement in Animation The Last of Us Won
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction The Last of Us Won
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering The Last of Us Won
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction The Last of Us Won
Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering The Last of Us Nominated
Outstanding Character Performance Troy Baker as Joel Nominated
Online Game of the Year The Last of Us Nominated
New York Game Awards February 11, 2014 Big Apple Award for Best Game The Last of Us Won [35]
Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game The Last of Us Nominated [36]
Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game The Last of Us Nominated
Statue of Liberty Award for Best World Salt Lake City Nominated
Great White Way Award for Best Overall Acting Troy Baker as Joel Nominated
SXSW Gaming Awards March 8, 2014 Game of the Year The Last of Us Won [37]
Excellence in Narrative The Last of Us Won
Excellence in SFX The Last of Us Won
Excellence in Musical Score The Last of Us Won
Excellence in Gameplay The Last of Us Nominated [38]
Excellence in Animation The Last of Us Nominated
Convergence Award The Last of Us Nominated
British Academy Video Games Awards March 12, 2014 Action & Adventure The Last of Us Won [14]
Artistic Achievement The Last of Us Nominated
Audio Achievement The Last of Us Won
Best Game The Last of Us Won
Game Design The Last of Us Nominated
Multiplayer The Last of Us Nominated
Music The Last of Us Nominated
Performer Ashley Johnson as Ellie Won
Troy Baker as Joel Nominated
Story The Last of Us Won
Game Developers Choice Awards March 19, 2014 Game of the Year The Last of Us Won [19]
Best Design The Last of Us Won
Best Narrative The Last of Us Won
Best Technology The Last of Us Nominated
Best Visual Art The Last of Us Nominated
Game Audio Network Guild Awards March 20, 2014 Audio of the Year The Last of Us Won [22]
Sound Design of the Year The Last of Us Won
Best Audio Mix The Last of Us Won
Best Dialogue The Last of Us Won
Music of the Year The Last of Us Nominated [21]
Best Soundtrack Album The Last of Us Nominated
Best Interactive Score The Last of Us Nominated
Best Cinematic/Cut-Scene Audio The Last of Us Nominated
Best Original Instrumental "Main Theme" Nominated
The Game Awards December 5, 2014 Best Remaster The Last of Us Remastered Nominated [39]
Game Developers Choice Awards March 4, 2015 Best Technology The Last of Us Remastered Honorable Mention [40]

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