Insomniac: No one does PS3 better than us [update: not exactly]

[Edit: In a show of class that demonstrates exactly why he's one of the most respected people in the games industry, Ted Price has responded to and corrected the quotes upon which this story was based. And because he's Ted Price, he also managed to turn it into a call to action for gamers who haven't yet added their voices in protest to California's pending law restricting the sale of violent games to minors. You really need to read Ted's blog post right now.]

Let's do a little word association. If I say "PS3 killer app" what's the first thing that comes to mind? Insomniac would like to believe it's ether Resistance or Ratchet & Clank.

The studio behind two of the most successful PS3 franchises has a lot to be confident about, but CEO Ted Price thinks it deserves a higher accolade than just "successful."

Above: Insomniac's upcoming Ratchet & Clank platformer, All 4 One. The studio is going all out for this one, turning the typical single-player gameplay into a four-player free-for-all

Price believes his team has achieved maximum utilization of the PS3 hardware and, in his own words, "they [members of the Insomniac team] focus heavily on using the PS3′s SPUs more effectively (in my opinion) than anyone else in the business." That's from a recent interview in EGM magazine.

He may actually be onto something because Insomniac does something most companies don't. It focuses on a consistently well executed product every single time. What a novel idea. Unlike most publishers that focus on a couple heavy hitters every year and then slap their name on a bunch of other stuff for maximum revenue, Insomniac has only released six PS3 games.

Above: Resistance: Fall of Man was a PS3 launch title but still remains one of the most lauded titles in the console's history

And all of them are either from the Ratchet & Clank or Resistance series. So when gamers buy a game from either series, they know the team behind it has been 100% focused on that game alone. Not just the artists or programmers, but the people at the top too - the producers, the product managers, and the executives.

By capturing both the mature gamer audience with Resistance, and the casual or "E for Everyone" audience with Ratchet & Clank, Insomniac has successfully managed to make a stake in large market segments of the gaming community.

While normally we'd like to rip into a statement like the one Price made, it may not actually be baseless lofty PR speak. And just saying that is kind of making our minds explode.

[Source: Game Thirst ]

Oct 19, 2010

Resistance 2 review
Proof that things are bigger and better in America!


Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time review
The unlikely duo bends time and explores the galaxy's darkest corners in this triumphant, diverse sequel

First Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One gameplay footage
Multiplayer Ratchet & Clank action on PS3? Bring it on!





  • Howetzer - October 26, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    All u haterz need to relax. Grow a pair and get some opinions and you too can become someone who thinks for themselves.
  • ScrEAMaPiLLar - October 20, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    I'm not so sure about Ted Prices opinion. After all the last Ratchet game really didn't have as much content as the rest of the series. I don't know if it is just me, but I remember CiT not having as many levels to go through. Two planets per system and maybe one space station does not seem like much to me. Maybe I was spoiled.
  • JayBeat - October 20, 2010 8:58 a.m.

    When I think of PS3's killer app R&C and Resistance are down a bit on the list..
  • FriendlyFire - October 20, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    I like Insomniac, Ratchet is awesome, but I think Naughty Dog is the company to beat as far as extracting the PS3's potential. Uncharted 2 is still the most beautiful game I've ever seen, beating KZ2 and Crysis to the punch. Though, to be fair, Insomniac and Naughty Dog seem to work together and with a few other PS3 devs (like Guerrilla and Sucker Punch), so maybe the others also benefited from Insomniac's knowledge, too.
  • Phazon117 - October 19, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    Rehash and Clank, and Resistance (which Hardly say they're the best of the best. I think Naughty Dog has something to say to that. Also, Howetzer needs to get the fuck off the internet and back under his bridge. *Say something that doesn't suck Sony's dick = biased*
  • newgames128 - October 19, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    Resistance and R&C are good, some of the better PS3 games, but they simply aren't at the level of MGS4, Killzone 2, Uncharted 2, God of War 3, and from the looks of it Killzone 3 and The Last Guardian. I'd say each of these titles use the SPU's pretty well.
  • Gameguy94 - October 19, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    CRAP! I meant "their" My English teacher will surly slap me!
  • Gameguy94 - October 19, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    Yeah, except Insomniac F**KED up the Resistance games with Resistance 2. They're other games are very good though.
  • Pocotron - October 19, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    Haha! I find it funny when people think they're opinion is a fact, and I'm talking about the comments here... Naughty Dog may do PS3 better than Insomniac, but Insomniac has released more games on a consistent level in a consistent time period. Naughty Dog has only released 2 games in the PS3's lifetime, compared to Insomniac's 6. You also have to compare quantity AND quality, even though I hate to say that line.
  • PaulieWaulie - October 19, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    Delusions of Grandeur! Resistence is so bland it's an insult, the only appeal about the first one was that it was set in England and it was weird hearing someone say Grimbsy in a big modern game. Naughty Dog are a million miles ahead.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 19, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    Uncharted 2 says hi.
  • shadowreaper72 - October 19, 2010 8:22 p.m.

    Naughty Dog nuff said
  • flare149 - October 19, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    Isomniac's games are good, and I loved RFoM, but I wouldn't say they know the PS3 better than anyone. Hopefully Resistance 3 gameplay will prove me wrong.
  • AwesomeA1010 - October 19, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    was Ratchet and Blank a joke? and I'd say Uncharted when asked for ps3 killer app... Insomniac and Naughty Dog have been contemporaries since the ps1, Crash Bandicoot/Spyro, Jak & Daxter/Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted/Resistance and Ratchet it's pretty cool
  • OnyxOblivion - October 19, 2010 7:27 p.m.

    Ratchet and Clank beats Uncharted, so I'd say yeah.
  • Channel4 - October 19, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    @taterboo - Resistance has 40/60 player online and looks better than most 16p games and the campaign looked as good as Bioshock during its dark corridor sections. Thats pretty impressive to be fair. This article is right though, ironically if they released fewer games they'd be a better developer.
  • joabbuac - October 19, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    naughty dog>
  • taterboob - October 19, 2010 7:11 p.m.

    Insomniac's a fine developer, but let's not get crazy. I would argue that Killzone 2, Uncharted, GOW III and, hell, even MGS4 pushed the PS3 harder than the Resistance series does.
  • Pyrovizard - October 19, 2010 7:11 p.m.

    played all their PS3 games and i'd say their right, was never disappointed by any of them.
  • CoryRX8 - October 19, 2010 6:52 p.m.

    Insomniac has never made a bad game, but have they ever made a great one? Every Insomniac game I've ever played could be adequately described as "good, not great". I'd say that Naughty Dog does better, since they've never produced anything less than great. There's a reason why Bungie going multiplatform was huge news, but Insomniac going multiplatform wasn't.

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