DarkCast 112: GOTYs Part 2 - Artistic and Platform Awards

The end of the year is here and it's time to discuss the Games of 2013. Here are our winners for the Artistic and Platform Awards as voted on by Darkstation writers.

Best Artistic Achievements of 2013

Best Technical Graphics of 2013

This category is for graphics that are technologically impressive because of animation, lighting, particle effects or anything else that increases the game’s visual verisimilitude.

Winner - Battlefield 4

Best Artistic Graphics of 2013

This category is for graphics that are artistically impressive because of animation, color, crispness or any other aspect that increases the game’s visual beauty.

Winner (tie) - Rayman Legends and Tearaway

Best Diegetic Sound Effects of 2013

The category is for any sound effect that exists in the game world but is not music or dialogue, such as footsteps, gunshots, rain, car engines, etc.

Winner - The Last of Us

Best Original Music of 2013

This category is for music that is uniquely written and recorded for the video game in which it is in.

Winner - Bit.Trip Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

Best Licensed Music of 2013

The category is for music that was not written or recorded for the game it is in and existed prior to the release of the game.

Winner - Saints Row IV

Best Voice Acting  of 2013

The category is for digital acting and vocal recording. This is not sound effects or part of music but is human dialogue.

Winner - The Last of Us

Best Storytelling of 2013

This category is specifically for storytelling. This is not an award for the game that has the most complex or convoluted plot but that has a story and characters that are well written, engaging and believable.

Winner (tie) - Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Gone Home and The Last of Us

Best Platforms Exclusives of 2013

Wii U-Only Game of 2013

This category is for games that are only available for the Wii U.

Winner - Super Mario 3D World

Xbox-Only Game of 2013

This category is for games that are only available for the Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

Winner - Ryse: Son of Rome

PlayStation-Only Game of 2013

This category is for games that are only available for the PS3 or PS4.

Winner - The Last of Us

Windows/Mac/Linux-Only Game of 2013

This category is for games that are only available for PC. We are not differentiating between Windows, Mac and Linux as platforms.

Winner (tie) - Dota 2 and Papers. Please

Best 3DS-Only Game  of 2013

This category is for games that are only available for the 3DS.

Winner (tie) - Fire Emblem: Awakening and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Best Vita-Only Game of 2013

This category is for games that are only available for the Vita.

Winner - Tearaway

iOS/Android/WindowsPhone-Only Game of 2013

This category is for games that are only available for smartphones and tablets. We are not differentiating between iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Winner (tie) - Device 6 and Year Walk

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