GiN Readers Nominate Best Games of 2013

With all the nominations counted, the readers of have nominated the top games in their category and by their platform. As a new twist, this year the best male and female characters have also been chosen.

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The following are the nominees for the 2013 Games of the Year.

Best Adventure Game: Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Skylanders: Swap Force, State of Decay, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider

Best Family Game: Crazy Machines: Golden Gears, DuckTales Remastered, Jewel Master 2: Cradle of Egypt 3D, Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy, Pokemon X and Y

Best Online Only Game: GoD Factory: Wingmen, Marvel Heroes, Path of Exile,
Primal Carnage, SimCity

Best Puzzle Game of 2013: Crazy Machines: Golden Gears, ELEMENT4L, Rayman Legend Challenge App, Slime Laboratory, The Stanley Parable

Best Role-playing Game: Arcania: The Complete Tale, Avadon 2: The Corruption, Diablo III, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Shadowrun Returns

Best Shooter: BioShock Infinite, Call of Duty Ghosts, Lost Planet 3, Metro Last Light, ShootMania Storm

Simulation: Cities In Motion 2, Drox Operative, Forza Motorsport 5, Guns of Icarus Online, Strike Suit Zero

Sports Game: FIFA 14, Forza Motorsport 5, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14, NCAA Football 14

Best Story in a Game For 2013: Beyond: Two Souls, BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, The Last of Us

Strategy: Defender’s Quest: Valley, Divinity Dragon Commander, Europa Universalis IV, Expeditions: Conquistador, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Best Female Character of the Year: Anna "Grim" Grimsdottir – Splinter Cell Blacklist, Elizabeth – BioShock Infinite, Ellie – The Last of Us, Lara Croft – Tomb Raider, Sarah Louise Kerrigan – StarCraft II Heart of the Storm

Best Male Character of the Year: Francis York Morgan – Deadly Premonition Director’s Cut, Franklin – Grand Theft Auto V, Sam Fisher – Splinter Cell Blacklist, Scrooge McDuck – DuckTales Remastered, Trevor – Grand Theft Auto V

The Most Artistic Game of 2013: Betrayer, Beyond: Two Souls, Morphopolis,
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Rain

Best Environment: BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, Metro Last Light, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, The Last of Us

Best Expansion Pack or DLC: Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut, Defense Grid: Containment, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, The Walking Dead: 400 Days, XCOM: Enemy Within

Best Original Soundtrack: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Beyond: Two Souls, BioShock Infinite, Diablo III, Skylanders Swap Force

Best Game For iOS: Crazy Machines: Golden Gears, Morphopolis, Pocket Knights, Prehistoric Park, Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol

Best Game For The Nintendo DS or 3DS: Fire Emblem Awakening, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Pokemon X and Y, Project X Zone, Skylanders Swap Force

Best PC Game: Call of Duty: Ghosts, Metro Last Light, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Terraria Version 1.2, XCOM: Enemy Within

Best PlayStation 3 Game: Beyond: Two Souls, Diablo III, Grand Theft Auto V, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, The Last of Us

Best Wii U Game: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, DuckTales Remastered, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Rayman Legend Challenge App, Splinter Cell Blacklist

Best Xbox 360 Game: Call of Duty: Ghosts, Dead Island: Riptide, Grand Theft Auto V, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

And as for the overall Best Game of the Year? We leave that one wide open. That has sometimes led to a surprise or two, but that’s what happens when the people control the show. Want to influence the awards? Vote now. And may the best games win!

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