Despite its divisive plot points and character arcs, The Last of Us Part 2 has earned the most GOTY awards in history. It now has 261, with that number being divided up by 169 from media outlets and 92 from Readers’ Choice.
The previous record-holder was 2015’s The Witcher 3. CD Projekt Red’s third and currently final entry in the fantasy series raked in 260 awards. That number is split, with 172 being from media outlets and 88 from readers.
The biggest award ceremony in the games industry comes from Geoff Keighley’s years Game Awards show. Despite the pandemic, the host continued onward with plenty of special guests like Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson, and Inception director Christopher Nolan. The Last of Us Part 2 not only won GOTY, but it took home seven other awards out of its 10 nominations. The other trophies Naughty Dog got to take home included Best Action/Adventure, Innovation in Accessibility, for Best Performance Ashley Johnson was nominated for her second outing as Ellie, and Laura Bailey winning for her performance as Abby, Best Audio Design, Best Art Direction, Best Narrative, and Best Game Direction.
While it was initially reported earlier this month when the number of GOTY awards went up past 200, Naughty Dog has had more than accolades that hold this game in high regard. In its opening weekend alone, 4 million copies were sold, making it the third highest-grossing PlayStation game in the United States.
A hostile response surged right before its launch as a major plot point leaked and was divisive amongst its fans. Developers and cast members received death threats over these fictional events and characters. When reviews came out with high numbers, that toxicity was aimed at critics; like my own review, I wrote the week after release.
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