The 20 best PlayStation games of 2013 – the top reader voted PS4, PS4 & Vita titles of the year

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2. GTA 5

Any other year this is not only game of the year, but the generation. There’s a strong case to be made for the Los Santos sandbox being the finest package ever squeezed onto Blu-ray. With near unparalleled scale, the most polished mechanics of any open-world game, and an incredibly ambitious, persistent online multiplayer, it’s the most effortless 10/10 we’ve ever awarded.

GTA 5 ps3 review grand theft autoInstead of buckling under the hype that preceded GTA 5, Rockstar North somehow surpassed it – speaking volumes for the quality and care lavished on the Scottish studio’s brutal baby. Filing off every rough edge from Niko’s bleak Liberty City spree, the mix of fluid gunplay, vastly improved vehicle handling and seamless character switching form Rockstar’s greatest sandbox.

Epitomising the term ‘all killer, no filler’, the trio’s constantly inventive missions would rather let you mind-jack a Rottweiler to go sick Grove Street balls than force you to endure a vanilla tailing exercise. Both thrillingly imaginative and subversive, you obviously appreciated not only the game’s cracking story objectives, but also the brilliantly distracting array of side missions. Forget taxi rides or bowling; the embarrassing array of riches spanning bounty missions, parachute jumps, fully working games of golf and tennis blow away the optional activities of any other open-world pretender out there.

The sharpest, funniest & most ambitious game
of the year. GTA 5 would be straddling number one if it hadn’t been for a certain PS3 exclusive

When we tell you certain OPM writers clocked in 100+ hours to 100% the single-player without giving the truly excellent GTA Online a look-in, you should understand the breadth of this incredibly generous package. The sharpest, funniest and most ambitiously tailored game of the year, we can’t help but think GTA 5 would be straddling the number one spot with a blood-smeared crown while listening to Radio Ga Ga if it hadn’t been for a certain PS3 exclusive.