Action Adventure has emerged as one of the best genres this past generation. With series such as Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed, Batman, Grand Theft Auto, The Legend of Zelda and God of War all coming in under this category, there’s almost something for everyone within this expansive genre.
And that trend didn’t stop this year, either. With a new Grand Theft Auto title, two new entries into The Legend of Zelda series, a brand new Assassin’s Creed and a Tomb Raider reboot, there was a lot of brilliance throughout the genre. But none of those titles were our favourite Action Adventure game this year.
It was Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic tale which took the crown in our voting, with nearly a ten percent advantage over the second place runner-up. This incredible story-based epic might have been lighter on the adventure mechanics – and some of the action, too – but it genuinely changed the medium, going above and beyond video game narrative that we had seen before, with some great mechanics involving both Joel and Ellie. It might have been very stealth focused, but that just shows how diverse this category is.
In second place was Rockstar’s highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V. This game pretty much did all it could in the confines of Grand Theft Auto, with an engaging story, three playable characters and some extremely fun gameplay. Coming at the end of a generation, it made a real mark as the last big PS3 and Xbox 360 title. GTA Online is also great, expanding the formula to a 16 player multiplayer portion.
The tussle for third was rather close, but it seems as though Assassin’s Creed is once again great, as Black Flag managed to beat the competition and gain its place on the proverbial podium. Turning to piracy appears to have paid off for Ubisoft, and perhaps next year we’ll be voting for another seafaring assassin adventure.
That’s not to say the other games weren’t great – each game had its own qualities, though some were left forgotten (I’m looking at you, A Link Between Worlds) as we each voted for our three favourite titles of the year.
The Last of Us is TheSixthAxis’ Action Adventure Game of the Year.