2013 Best New Character

Specialty Awards Genre Awards Platform Awards Game of the Year
Best New Character

Ellie (The Last of Us)
In a year full of outstanding characters, in particular outstanding companion characters, Ellie stands out as being particularly great. Ashley Johnson’s phenomenal performance, in conjunction with Naughty Dog’s fantastic writing, simply brought to Ellie to life in a way few fictional characters ever achieve. As the game progresses, the player grows attached to Ellie in much the same way Joel does, and by the end you’ll begin to identify with her more than you do even with Joel. Ellie’s arc from the beginning of the game to the end is especially good, and as you watch her go from a naïve and optimistic kid to a hardened survivor, it’s both fascinating and tragic.

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