Papers, Please makes it way into Round 4 against The Last of Us.
We’ve come down to the finalists in The Escapist‘s Reader’s Choice Game of the Year. Two enter, but only one will make it. After being drastically behind Bioshock Infinite in Round 3, the indie game Papers, Please advanced to the final round, and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us narrowly beat Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag by 166 votes. Both of our finalists are worthy contenders and very different games, but it’s up to you to decide which is crowned the community’s game of the year.
Papers, Please is a “dystopian document thriller” in which the player acts as an immigration officer at a newly opened border checkpoint in the country Arstotzka. Recently out of a six-year war with a neighboring country, Arstotzka has a lot of rules for anyone seeking entry to the country. As the immigration officer, the player checks passports and either accepts or denies entry to Arstotzka while taking care of a family. Smugglers, spies, terrorists, political officials, and travelers are under the player’s inspection.
The Last of Us is an action adventure, survival horror game traveling across a post-apocalyptic United States in the future. The player controls Joel, a survivor of a fungal pandemic, as he travels with Ellie, a 14-year-old girl who is capable of taking care of herself and loves to make jokes. Joel initially comes into contact with Ellie to escort her to a different quarantine zone, but the pair is changed forever on their trek across a post-pandemic country.
As of this moment, Papers, Please has a strong lead against The Last of Us, but there’s still plenty of time to vote. Participants have until Dec. 31 11:59 pm Eastern time to get ballots in.