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Japanese Developers Found The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto V Shocking

Japanese website 4gamer asked 151 Japanese developers on from across the industry for their highlights of 2013 on Friday.  The results were unexpected, to say the least.

The developers were asked which game released in 2013 they admired the most, or which shocked them the most.  While the question was woefully open-ended, it produced a number of interesting answers.

Topping the list with 14 votes was The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s take on a fungal end of the world scenario.  Tying for second were Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar’s latest in the long-running Grand Theft Auto series and Dragon’s Crown, a side-scrolling beat-em-up from Japanese dev Vanillaware.  They each had twelve votes.  Third place went to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, with 11 votes.

The Last of Us received accolades from western media when it was released, but its reception in Asia and specifically in Japan has been mostly a mystery.

Some of the developers who chose The Last of Us include Comcept President Keiji Inafune, Yakuza series Producer Masayoshi Yokoyama, and Hideki Kamiya, director of Bayonett and The Wonderful 101.

While the vast majority of the list is Japanese fare, Nintendo are noticeably absent.  Pokemon X and Y received only a single vote, and there was no mention of Super Mario 3D World or The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

Grand Theft Auto V is in many ways a bigger surprise.  While The Last of Us tells a very human story, GTAV is an experience from the ground up about western culture and lifestyles.  To see it be so popular amongst Japanese devs is interesting, and could signify a large-scale shift in Japanese video game thinking.

 

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