For all intents and purposes, 2013 was the final big year for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. These consoles went out with a bang rather than a whimper, and you'll see that reflected in the excellent action games we call attention to in this article. Here are the award-winning games in the action genre for 2013.

Best Story: The Last of Us

Naughty Dog managed to best even Rockstar’s excellent writers this year with one of the best stories the industry has ever produced. The team managed to smoothly transition from the flippant Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series to the believable performances and natural dialogue of Joel and Ellie. In the end, The Last of Us left us with an event and a conversation that gamers won’t soon forget.

Best Setting: Los Santos – Grand Theft Auto V

We’ve technically visited Los Santos before, but never on the level that Rockstar presents in Grand Theft Auto V. Featuring a massive, living city and miles upon miles of seedy countryside, there’s a seemingly endless amount of things to do in this new take on San Andreas. If you want a distraction from the story missions, you can always have a blast skydiving, taking to the waves on a jet ski, riding a bike down a mountain, or bumming a ride on a train and seeing the sights. It’s not the largest game world that’s ever been made, but it certainly feels the most alive.

Best Handheld: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Nintendo has a long history of treating its biggest franchises well, but many gamers expected a simple nostalgia trip with A Link Between Worlds. Little did they know that one of gaming’s most prolific series would receive one of its best entries in 2013. With a new item system, an interesting mechanic that allows Link to stick to walls, and more freedom when it comes to dungeon order, this entry shakes up the series’ traditions more than any of its recent 3D installments.

Check out the next page to see our picks for the best co-op, graphics, most replayable, and most ridiculous games of the year.