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  • MadCowDisease - March 5, 2009 1:54 a.m.

    Arb1ter: Infinity Ward's new. And somewhat overrated. Nice Article, though there are a few developers that IMO should go on that list that I'll keep to myself. I think you know some of the Companies I'm referring to.
  • lava_lamp - March 5, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    with valve you forget the counter-strike series
  • Gsindahouse - March 4, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    and pumbli's choice of words are hilarious ... sounds like something I'd write
  • Gsindahouse - March 4, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    yeah paper mario's tight, man i played the gamecube one and im waiting till the first one comes out for DS
  • Pumbli - March 4, 2009 12:45 p.m.

    I find your lack of Naughty Dog disturbing...
  • TheKitchenSink - March 4, 2009 12:01 p.m.

    Needs more Insomniac and Naughty Dog.
  • Backfire001 - March 4, 2009 1:28 a.m.

    I mean,Some people liked it,but i just thought it was terrible. GameSpot average was 7.3. Now,thats not BAD. But yeah.
  • Cyberninja - March 3, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    I just went to the first review and Wrote "" First Great Article"" and unorignal i come to this sit everyday
  • jcgrech - March 3, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    Insomniac and Naughty Dog also probably qualify for this list.
  • Thequestion 121 - March 3, 2009 10:27 p.m.

    Great article. My favorites are Valve and Bioware.
  • Cyberninja - March 3, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    sorry for triple post sorry for all trouble caused
  • zanthox - March 3, 2009 7:40 p.m.

    Bioware and Valve were givens, but as said, nice to have someone look into it and find more we wouldn't have thought of, great article!
  • GR_DavidHoughton - March 3, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    A fine idea Ravenbom. So fine in fact, that we did something similar a while back in our "Top 7 secret shame games" feature. Great minds sir, great minds. :) Check it out in the Want More? section of this article.
  • Ravenbom - March 3, 2009 5:14 p.m.

    What about an article on developers that have an ALMOST perfect record? Developers with an almost perfect record would be a great article, you get to first name all their great games, then rip them to shreads with their one or two stinkers. Then you can add Factor 5, who aside from Lair, used to put out some really good games. As for Blizzard, their 16 bit days weren't bad. Lost Vikings, Blackthorn and Rock n Roll Racing were awesome. The only real stinker is that they did a port of Lord of the Rings, which is one of the worst games of the 16 bit era. But should their ports really count against them as a developer? I will say that they started to develop some real crap like SC Ghost and WC Adventures Lord of the Clans, but those went to hide out with Duke Nukem Forever, thankfully. Also, all of you are forgetting Rockstar has done the consumer wrong in their gameboy port of GTA, and then GBC Austin Powers, and Wild Metal for Dreamcast, which, should always be held over their heads. And to the FF/SquareEnix fanboys (my self included) there's Dirge of Cerberus and Unlimited Saga. Plus, the hard to find All Star Pro Wrestling III (I'm starting to think that this one is an internet hoax)
  • dominator2222 - March 3, 2009 1:30 p.m.

    what about square...?
  • Games_Radar_DaveMeikleham - March 3, 2009 11:40 a.m.

    @ GamesRadarDavidHoughton The DMA argument is interesting. Although lets not forget a little title called State of Emergency that proudly branded the Rockstar name long after the company's Dundee origins. Unclean! Unclean! .
  • GR_DavidHoughton - March 3, 2009 10:23 a.m.

    Right guys, on a few of the omissions: Level 5 was so close to making this list is was painful, but right now word on White Knight Chronicles is minimal and a bit mixed. We very nearly stuck them on anyway, but after a 29 from Famitsu, we want to get our hands on it before we can unequivocally say it's a winner. As FriendlyFire theorised, as much as we love Infinity Ward, we felt their output so far was just a bit too limited to call a judgment on. Rockstar rarely ever puts out anything substandard, it's true, but the thing is that it hasn't always been Rockstar. Rockstar North used to be DMA Design. DMA were around from 1988 and a bit of their output got fairly mixed reviews back in the day. Rockstar San Diego did Spyhunter 2. Rockstar Leeds used to be Moebius Entertainment, who did some pap on the GBA. The rest of Rockstar's studios either have dodgy games on their record from pre-Rockstar incarnations or we just didn't feel they have enough non-collaborative output to make a judgment yet. Bungie is out because of Oni, Harmonix stopped making Guitar Hero ages ago, and as brilliant as Insomniac is, we're a bit split in the office over some of its stuff and overall we'd like to see some more variety before it makes the list.
  • nitrocole - March 3, 2009 3:45 a.m.

    Nice, very nice
  • magicwalnuts0 - March 3, 2009 3:01 a.m.

    @cwf 2008 Infinity Ward is another good one but they've only been around for the past 5 years. @flare 149 then you clearly havn't played Half Life, Half Life 2, Half Life 2 Episodes 1 and 2, Counterstrike Source, TF2, L4D, Portal. Half Life and it's sequal being the best games I have ever had the incredibly royal pleasure of playing.
  • foodlist97 - March 3, 2009 2:48 a.m.

    The only good developer in there was Bioware

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