The last third of that game is PHENOMENAL. PHENOMENAL. I can't overstate that enough. It actually channels the hair raising tension from David Cage games without sacrificing gameplay. The scenario design was such that I actually breathed a sigh of relief when the respective season was over. But man... The Fall and Winter chapters were just filled with strokes of brilliance and I totally bought into the relationship between Ellie and Joel. Never before have I actually felt so invested in the fate of digital characters that I'd actually fear for their death, its handled with a level of gravitas that is practically nonexistent in gaming.
I think the sound design is incredible as well. The gunshots are just thunderous! I think Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker deserve a mountain of accolades for their voicework as well. I'm at the 89 percent mark right now, but I don't think any other game deserves GotY more than TLOU. Not based on what I played