My Top 10 Developers/Publishers

Over the past few years I have made top 10 lists for my favorite games on most of the consoles I own. I have recently ranked the #1 games from each list against each other to decided the best of the best.

But now it is time to pick the 10 publishers/developers that most often appeared in those top 10 lists, #1 being the company that most often made it.

I can tell you my top three developers by personal opinion right now, but I won’t. I am curious to see if those three make the list and in what position.

So here we go, the 10 most recurring companies that made games that are on my top 10 lists!

Okay…So there was a LOT of ties, but here goes…

#10 There’s A Handful

Not nearly as many as the number 10’s though. These next companies made it into the top 10 lists twice.

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Sucker Punch

Square EA

Raven Software

Camelot Software Planning

Game Freak

There ya go, not too bad.

#9 A Few Here Too

The next companies appeared three times in my top 10 lists. This is where the companies really start to shine in my eyes.

Ubisoft

Konami

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Blizzard Entertainment

#8 Another Handful Here

These next companies appeared an impressive four times on my lists!

Namco Bandai (or Bandai Namco)

Retro Studios

SquareSoft

Alphadream Corportation

Inti Creates

#7 A Few Here As Well

The next companies appeared 5 times on the list. Now we are starting to see the cream of the crop!!

LucasArts

Square Enix

Sonic Team

#6 Intelligent Systems

There’s just this one! The great development team behind Paper Mario is the only company to appear 6 times!

#5 There’s Only Two Here!

These two companies showed up seven times with amazing games!

HAL Labs

Sony Computer Entertainment America

#4 Rare Ltd.

Woo! One more company stands alone! Rare has made the top 10 lists eight times!

#3 Sega

The guys behind Sonic and a few other amazing titles make the number 3 spot, due to appearing a whopping 10 times on my lists! As it would so happen, I actually consider them my third favorite developer!

#2 Capcom

The company that brought us Mega Man and Resident Evil has appeared 19 times in my lists! Wowsers!! They would actually be about my fourth favorite developer in my personal opinion, but clearly they deliver more of my favorite games than any other company except…

#1 Nintendo

These guys are absolutely my favorite developers. Practically every game they have ever made has been incredible, and the ones that aren’t are just plain good. This company has destroyed the rest, taking a massive 82 spots on my lists! They are indeed my favorite video game company!

That’s all folks!

I always update these lists if new games make the top 10’s, which really doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I will update this list as well, which has the potential to change this entire thing drastically. Who knows what the future will hold? If this list does change, that just means I have discovered some truly incredible new games!!

 

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My Top 10 PlayStation 3 Games

Of Sony’s consoles, the PS3 is by far my favorite…sort of. They are all so similar, it’s hard to truly judge, but in terms of games, this one takes the cake for sure. Looking into my top 10 was super difficult, because there are a TON of amazing games on the console. I couldn’t easily pick 10 of them, and the ten that I did, I’m not even sure if they are truly my top 10 or even ordered correctly…but whatever.

I’ve got a whopping 89 games for the console, and of those I have so far played 77. So here are the ten I struggled to pick out.

#10

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Visceral Games/ Electronic Arts

2010

 

 

This is a shameless rip off of God of War, but it is actually better than almost every game in the God of War franchise. I couldn’t put this game down. It is so much fun. It was left wide open for a sequel that never came…which is nothing short of heartbreaking, because I couldn’t wait for it.

#9

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Capcom

2009

 

 

This game is so much fun. The enemies are awesome, the co-op is great, (but make sure you don’t give Sheva any bullets if playing alone) playing as Chris again is awesome. The story involving him, Jill and Wesker coming to a close is even more awesome, the intense action and real time inventory management make this a endlessly fun, intense action game.

#8

Uncharted-2-Among-Thieves-Detail-CoverUncharted 2: Among Thieves

Naughty Dog/ SCEA

2009

 

 

I don’t know why I love this game so much, but I do. The action, the settings, the characters, the story were all so perfect. I couldn’t put this game down, which is weird because the other 2 games in the trilogy (haven’t played 4 yet) I find to be just okay at best. But 2 is so stinking good.

#7

Resident_Evil_6_box_artworkResident Evil 6

Capcom

2012

 

 

Combining elements of all Resident Evil styles, having multiple campaigns with old and new characters interacting in the same interesting overall story that is fun to see how they affect each other and crossover one another, intense, yet tense gameplay, nuts bosses and just an overall amazing experience make this one of the best games out there. It is one of the few games I have ever played that made me sad to beat it.

#6

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LucasArts

2010

 

I didn’t really like this game the first playthrough, but when I came back to it, I loved it the second time around. The gameplay is so much fun and very satisfying. The story, however, is what is truly amazing about this game. It’s a shame they never finished the originally planned trilogy.

#5

forceunleashedStar Wars: The Force Unleashed

LucasArts

2008

 

I was hoping for a game with gameplay like this my whole life, and finally received it when this came out. I played through this game like 3 times in a row because it was so much fun. And being able to change costumes after you beat it is cool, especially when you can play as a whole slew of different Jedi. The story is amazing, the different planets look incredible. This one manages to slip by as the better of the two games by a small margin.

#4

God_of_War_III_cover_artGod of War III

SCE Santa Monica/ SCEA

2010

 

This completely blows away all other games in the series. This is taking the already perfect gameplay of the previous games and somehow perfecting it even further. I loved it from beginning to end.

#3

Castlevania_Lords_of_ShadowCastlevania: Lords of Shadow

Mercury Steam/ Konami

2010

 

This is another game I enjoyed from beginning to end. It borrows heavily from God of War, but does it better. The story is excellent, the gameplay is wonderful, the puzzles are fun, the scenery gorgeous, the music only adding to it’s allure. I just wish the second one came somewhat close to the glory of this game.

#2

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Sucker Punch/ SCEA

2011

 

 

This game is incredibly fun. It’s got a very interesting story, all sorts of crazy characters, a bunch of areas to climb and explore, crazy enemies to take down and a whole slew of new powers. Top notch.

#1

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Sucker Punch/ SCEA

2009

 

 

That’s right, my favorite game on the PS3 is actually the first game in the inFAMOUS series. While the gameplay isn’t as good, I just liked the story and overall simplicity better. It was fun to stay in one city, obtaining your powers as you progress, trying to figure out what the heck was going on with you, and just killing hordes of gang members. A lot of the time, simple is better.

God of War Series Ranked

The release of the God of War reboot, which follows Kratos into Norse mythology somehow, (apparantly dying multiple times can not slow this man down), is almost upon us.

While I personally don’t think it looks all that great, I am a huge fan of the series and am excited nonetheless. So to celebrate the occasion, I am going to list all the previous games from worst to best. This is one of Sony’s best franchises, which will make this fun to go back for a quick glimpse at them all.

Haven’t played any or all of them? Not to worry! They re-release them about every 2 years it seems, so they shouldn’t be hard to find. These remasters will not be included in the list, for that would be redundant.

And here we go, starting with the worst game in the series.

#6

God of War: Chains of Olympus

PSP, 2008

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It’s been a really long time since I’ve played it, but I remember it being very good, but unquestionably the worst in the series. The handheld system really held it back from it’s potential, but it is definitely worth playing.

#5

God of War

PlayStation 2, 2005

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This game blew my mind when it first came out. It’s gameplay set the bar for modern day action games with it’s intense, fast paced combat, over the top violence, combos and spells, and just overall awesomeness. Kratos is the definition of bad ass, and it all started here.

#4

God of War: Ascension

PlayStation 3, 2013

Times Beaten-1

This one is a tad disappointing considering it is the latest in the series. It is a prequel to all of them and shows a bit into Kratos’ past, I think, I can’t remember too much. I didn’t like how you have to change into different styles or whatever mid combo to execute all the abilities you had in all the other games, but he’s not as experienced in this one, so it makes sense, right? I don’t know. It manages to be better than the original game because of the experience and growth the developers had with the series, making it more fun and entertaining.

#3

God of War II

PlayStation 2, 2007

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This kept everything from the first game, and then improved upon it, while adding even more to Kratos’ skills and items/weapons. I always found this to be cool. Most games in a series, you start each game with nothing. But not this one. Kratos keeps all his goodies, making it feel like you jump right into the action with a full arsenal. This is easily one of the best games on PS2 hands down. It somehow completely destroys it’s prequel.

#2

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

PSP, 2010

Times Beaten-1

Holy crap. This game came as a huge surprise. I thought it would be a lackluster game like Chains of Olympus, but no way in Hades! Everything about this game is amazing. I couldn’t stop playing it. I was completely baffled that it is better than 2, a game I thought nearly impossible to trump, but this game does it all. Great combat, story, and the different weapons are the best in the whole series in my opinion. Truly a great surprise this game was, and I loved every second of it. Though I guess coming after the third game, it had a lot to live up to…which brings us to…

#1

God of War III

PlayStation 3, 2010

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This was the game we had been working towards, where Kratos finally takes down the gods of Olympus. This game had so much hype leading up to it, and it did not disappoint at all. It was everything we expected and more. All the fights, weapons, story, everything, all just incredible. This is probably one of the best games ever made, in fact.

 

Well, that does it. 5 phenomenal games (and 1 very good game) make up the legacy of the God of War series. This also means the reboot has a lot to live up to. I am excited to see how it will hold up in this string of amazing titles! Just remember…judge the game on its own and not how it compares to these 6 great titles and I trust you will like it much, much more. But who knows? It could blow away all of them!

Dear Developers-Linear Video Games ARE Still Fun

Aside from all the negative attention EA is receiving for their whole Star Wars Battlefront 2 mess, they have also recently been accused of shutting down Visceral Games and moving their Star Wars project to another company because of the linearity of the game. Whether this is true, I seriously doubt it, but they have been recently saying, among other developers, that one, people don’t like linear games as much, and two, consumers want to spend a very, very long time on each game.

I assure you, that I, and many people I know still love linear games. They are just as good as non-linear games, if not better. Admittedly, the world does seem to be so obsessed with “open world” styled games, but I personally don’t understand why. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like them, but to have every game be like that is just ridiculous.

There is something to be said for games that just have you follow a path or two and not have to worry about where to go next or getting lost and all the joys that come with massive games.

To say you don’t like linear games is like saying you don’t like platformers, which is entirely possible if you were born in the last 15 years or so and are one of those people who think because the game doesn’t look and play realistically, it is crap. But should developers really be catering to that audience? Definitely not. They have no idea what a game can be or should be, they are just a bunch of dumb kids and should not be considered gamers.

gow gpThe God of War games are linear and they are some of the best games on their respective consoles. But I bet the new one coming out is going to be open world…oh boy! But this is excusable since it is a reboot, but imagine if God of War 3 was suddenly open world? It would be stupid. Those games are just intense action and it is fun. Many linear games are just as fun. Open world games are much slower moving and you spend an awful lot of time just walking around and looking for stuff. That is why many of them are over 100 hours long.

You could have just as much content in a game with a more condensed world and beat it in 30 hours. So is really adding extra walking time that much better?

Final Fantasy 13 is a game that gets much hate, and I’m pretty sure it is because of the Thundara_FFXIIIlinearity of the game. Big deal. It’s still fun. Just because there is no overworld to explore while constantly getting attacked by enemies trying to find the next town or a cave to explore to look for an item doesn’t make it a bad game. The true core is still there, and that is simply being an RPG set in a fantasy world.

And believe it or not, games don’t need DLC. Put extra effort in development and just pull the plug when it is released. Games typically are better when there is no DLC coming out 3 weeks after the game is released. Some DLC is nice, but most of it is just overpriced garbage that we don’t need. If companies actually did it right and didn’t just use it as a way to make some extra cash, then it would be actually pretty cool. But we live in a greedy, crappy world, so that will never happen.

And a lot of games now focus so much on online play, and how much they can cram into that, leaving single player modes very empty feeling. During the PS2/Xbox/GameCube era, I feel like games had much more girth to them. You got to unlock all sorts of stuff, play through a lengthy campaign that wasn’t obnoxiously long and have a great time doing it.

Now it feels like you get a slimmed down game so the devs can put more effort into the multiplayer, then instead of unlocking things, you have to purchase it later so you can pay the devs to continue to support the online aspects of the game.

Trouble with that is the majority of the gaming world still prefers playing by themselves. People suck. We have to spend all day with people. When we play games, we want to be left alone in a fake world void of other humans.

And really, if you have ever played multiplayer games with people, then you know they are a gathering of the biggest idiots on the planet. 10 year olds fighting with 30 year olds, people swearing in place of using actually grammar… it’s a mess. The gaming community certainly is one of the darker stains on the world, that is for sure. So why continue to go a route that supports such vulgar crap? Give us some solid stuff to play by ourselves. We are the majority of the market after all!

And this, ironically, brings me to the next thing developers have been saying. They claim people want to spend hundreds of hours on a single game. Gone are the days where people play a game and then move on.

This is not the case, I assure. I have a back log of over 300 games, so trust me, I don’t want to spend more than a reasonable amount of time on a game. And I assume that goes for anyone but those “gamers” who do nothing but play online Call of Duty and other online shooters. But I am not saying spending a long time on a game is a bad thing either…for it is not.

But this subject amuses me. Didn’t I just say that I wish they gave us longer single player experiences? Yes, well more valuable experiences, not necessarily longer anyhow.

But anyway, these devs are trying to keep us playing games by constantly coming out with new DLC to play. Trouble is, it’s not free and 99% of it isn’t worth buying. And again, this is really only appealing to people who play nothing but the online aspects.

cod2Speaking of Call of Duty, those games were phenomenal back in the day, when they were nothing but a single player campaign and maybe local multiplayer or whatever. The newer games are still fun, but they don’t come close to what they used to be, because all the effort goes into the online multiplayer.

So why do your original, loyal fans get shafted in favor of these people who like to do nothing but spend countless hours playing against each other? Why can’t they instead make exclusive online shooters, which fortunately seems to be a growing phenomenon, so they don’t in fact screw us single players over.

Another thing devs seem to be so worried about is replay value. How is this an issue if you are not letting us ever stop playing the game!?!?!? So they keep on adding more stuff that we can use on another playthrough and this and that, which is nice, but again, it costs a whole lot more money to do this, especially considering all of this DLC would have been included in the game 12 years ago! This is a big reason linear games are so seemingly unpopular. It is the same thing each play through…

And bottom line is, you really don’t need all this extra fluff in a game to make someone replay it. It could be the most linear game ever, but if the gameplay is fun, I am going to replay it for the sake of just having fun. I don’t need to play it for 200 hours, with new stuff added every 20 of those hours. If the gameplay isn’t all that great, it is going to be a dull, miserable 200 hours. I would much rather play a 5 hour game that is a whole lot of fun 10 times over. And big deal if I don’t replay it immediately. If it is 5 or 10 years down the line, then that means the devs did something right.

Trouble is, they won’t make extra money on it in the months following the games release, which is the whole issue here, so to their company, they did not do something right.

I’m all about trying something new, but don’t let the things from the past that actually worked be forgotten.

 

Finally, A Great e3!!!

The last 2 or three e3’s have been more or less disappointing. But at long last, this year was different!

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The first conference I saw was Ubisoft, and they had lots of exciting announcements, most notable the Mario/Rabids crossover known as Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, which looks awesome, and the completely unique game Skull & Bones. Fans of the Assassin’s Creed series will be excited for the new Egypt based game. See it all here.

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Next up was Sony. There conference was great because there was hardly any talking and they just played trailer after trailer, which makes me wish they just made a video like Nintendo to keep the flow going better.

But anyway, they basically showed the same games they showed at last years e3, but with much longer trailers/gameplay. And this was fine with me, for they showcased a lot of great looking games, most notable for me was Days Gone and the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man. I can’t wait to play those two games! Check it all out here.

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But the most amazing part about e3 by far was Nintendo’s “Spotlight” video presentation. Anyone who said the Switch doesn’t have a lot of software has now been proven wrong. They announced a whole slew of new titles for both this year and next, guaranteeing two years of great games. Yoshi, Kirby, Metroid, Mario will all be making appearances, to name a few. You can check out everything in detail here.

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They are the only ones I saw in detail, but Microsoft revealed a few new games and the brand spanking new, powerful consoles Xbox One X. You can watch the conference here.

It was a great showcase, and I am very excited to be a gamer right now.

New Announcements From E3 2016

Well, another e3 has came and went. Overall I thought this one, like last years was disappointing, though there were a few new games that caught my interest, though definitely a record low for e3. There was also some nice gameplay shown for a few previously announced games, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Friday the 13th, the Game.

But this post will be focused on all the new games announced this year, so here goes.

death strandingFirst off is Kojima’s first game since leaving Konami, called Death Stranding. There is a lot of buzz about this game on the internet, and frankly I don’t know why. The reveal trailer is highly uninformative of anything and looks stupid. Though they could have revealed more about the game other than the trailer by now, but I have no interest in looking into it.

Crash-Bandicoot-Activision-700x389.jpg.optimalCrash Bandicoot 1-3 are getting remasters.I’m kind of annoyed by this, as I just played through these games via PlayStation Store like 2 weeks ago, after purchasing them about a year ago. This is great for fans of the series who have been wanting to revisit these old classics, but I for one have no interest in looking into this remaster further. Plus, I’m just so sick of every game being remastered these days.

spidermanSpider-Man Ps4 is next, and though only a short gameplay trailer was shown, it looks fantastic. This is one of the few games announced this year that have caught my interest. I love the Amazing Spider-Man games that have come out in the last few years, and this looks like it builds upon that system. I can not wait, especially since it is not tied to a movie counterpart, thus free to do anything it wants within the Spider-Man universe. Really can’t wait for this one.

days goneDays Gone is another game revealed that I thought looked really good. Sony showcased a short demo, and it was just some poor guy relentlessly getting chased by hordes of zombies while doing his best to kill them and/or escape them. Looks like a lot of fun..

resident-evil-7-1-343x389.jpg.optimalAnother one I am interested in is Resident Evil 7, but not by the trailer which was shown, but simply because I am a huge fan of the franchise. The trailer itself depicts the game as being your run of the mill, first person survival horror that developers seem to constantly be pushing out these days. So far it seems like all you have is a flashlight and your wits to sneak around a mansion presumably filled with zombies. It’s a change for the series yet again, so it welcome to me, though it is not the direction I would have liked the series to go in. It will also be available for PS VR, the first game that I found myself actually wanting to use a headset for.

A new Batman Arkham game was announced for PS VR too, nothing exciting looking about it.

Final Fantasy XV will also be available in VR. Why?

Another VR game, Star Wars X-Wing Missions was announced. This could be good…

And to top off the VR sections, the steam VR HTC Vive will be getting Fallout 4 and the recently released Doom, two games that might be interesting .

God-of-War-PS4-2-1280x720A reboot of God Of War was presented with an almost 10 minute gameplay trailer. This takes place within Norse mythology and his son is still alive, though he will probably die at some point, sending Kratos on his quest to kill a bunch of gods, or his son will become the god of war he must destroy. Who knows? The game looks very different from every other game in the franchise, as it probably should, having a completely different setting and story, but it looks worse. The boos fight shown was underwhelming at best, and the combat took a few steps backwards, reminding me more of your typical slow combat like Dark Souls or Elder Scrolls, instead of the fast paced, brutal action that has kept fans of GoW keep coming back for more. Overall, I was disappointed by this game, but I will be getting it only because I love the franchise, just like RE7.

Trials-of-The-Blood-DragonTrials of the Blood Dragon, a combination of Trials Fusion and Blood Dragon was announced. I don’t know anything about either of those games, so I couldn’t tell you much about what this game has to offer. It didn’t catch my interest though. Looked like some dirt bike stunt game.

Grow Up, sequel to Grow Home was announced. If you like the first one, you’ll like this.

Just Dance 2017 for all platforms, no surprises there.

Steep. This game looks kind of dumb. You ski or snowboard or hang glide and the like while doing crazy tricks to show off to your friends. Big social focus point on this game. Not my cup of tea.

State of Decay 2 will be coming out next year. If you liked the first one, then I recommend this. I thought the first one was just okay, so I’m still on the fence about this one.

dead-rising-4-new-details-e3-2016.jpg.optimalDead Rising 4 looks like a hoot. It’s what you would expect from a game in this series. But man, it feels like the third one just came out. How time flies!

Forza Horizon 3 is coming out for all you car lovers.

A card game from the Witcher 3 is getting a separate release. People love their virtual cards these days.

fe-gameIndie game Fe revealed. Little monster runs around and kills other monsters.

FIFA 17 for all you soccer folks. Oddly enough, this has a story mode, which makes it stand out from the other 30 games in the series.

Following that is Madden 17. Do people still buy these games?

Prey, a strange, first person shooter/ psycho-thriller announced. Looks pretty good. This is added to my wish list, the last that I found interesting among all of these new games.

Oh boy, yet another online shooter…Quake Champions. It looks pretty good, but you know…it’s an online shooter.

Skyrim: Special Edition. Woohoo, another barely aged game getting a remaster. Nothing much changes at all from the original.

And that’s all the new games announced.

I’m looking forward to only four of them, a record low since I have been following e3.