What are the best game developers out there? Be they active, defunct, or formerly good but not anymore.
Active -Valve (Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, Ricochet, Deathmatch Classic, Portal, Day of Defeat) -BioWare (Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Star Wars: The Old Republic) -Retro Studios (Metroid Prime) -Mythic Entertainment (Aliens Online, Dark Age of Camelot, Warhammer Online, Ultima Online) -Relic Entertainment (Homeworld, Company of Heroes, Dawn of War) -NetDevil (Jumpgate, Auto Assault, Lego Universe)
Defunct -Parallax Software (Descent) -Outrage Entertainment (Descent) -Westwood Studios (Command & Conquer, Dune) -Cavedog Entertainment (Total Annihilation) -Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires) -Dynamix (Tribes) -FASA (MechWarrior) -MicroProse (Civilization, MechWarrior) -SSI (Soldiers at War, Rites of War)
Formerly Good -Blizzard Entertainment (StarCraft, Warcraft, Diablo) -Red Storm Entertainment (Rainbow Six, The Sum of All Fears, Politika) -id Software (Quake, Doom, Wolfenstein, Heretic) -Gas Powered Games (Dungeon Siege, Space Siege, Supreme Commander, Demigod) -Volition (Descent FreeSpace) -DICE (Battlefield, Medal of Honor 2010)
DICE formerly good??
Battlefield formerly good?!
Correct me if I'm wrong, but even though Blizzard has that ass climbing up on everything, Starcraft 2 was still pretty great and awesome.
You're also missing "Turbine" up there, they have one of the oldest mmos out atm. Not to mention DDO and LOTR.
I wouldnt classify blizzard as "Formerly Good" either, they are still an extremely active corporation.
Just re-read through, you dont have NCSOFT (Guild Wars/Aion)
18th November 2004
Authuran;5410399DICE formerly good??[/QUOTE]BlitZ, The 57th;5410411Battlefield formerly good?!
They've gone downhill since Bad Company. BC2 is a real piece of crap on the PC and doesn't even get all the same content as the console versions, and their work on the Medal of Honor multiplayer is even worse so far. Not to mention the fact that Battlefield 1943 has been out for over a year on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and yet we still have no mention of whether it's even still coming to PC as it was originally supposed to...plenty of retailers are refunding pre-orders for it, since it appears that it's just not going to happen.
DICE used to be a hell of a developer back in the days of Battlefield 1942, Vietnam, BF2 and 2142. Since they expanded to the mainstream console market, though, all of their PC gaming customers have suffered for it. [QUOTE=godawful34;5410450]\I wouldnt classify blizzard as "Formerly Good" either, they are still an extremely active corporation.
Being an active corporation does not necessarily make a developer good, at least from the point of view of the gamer rather than the investor. A large part of the recent backlash against Blizzard is their merger with Activision, a company widely regarded as the cancer that is killing PC gaming. I can't speak from personal experience, as I don't own the game, but Starcraft II has been criticized for lacking features in the interests of Activision/Blizzard's corporate greed. I know plenty of people are upset about the new Battle.net, for instance.
Also, I don't play World of Warcraft, but many of my friends who play tell me that it's become pretty shitty lately, especially since the Wrath of the Lich King expansion came out. Several of them told me they aren't even going to get Cataclysm.
As for me, I would like to add Infinity Ward to the list of good developers gone bad. They started as a bunch of developers from EA who had worked on Medal of Honor Allied Assault and split off to form their own studio, and gave us the original Call of Duty, one of the greatest historical shooters of all time. They held up their reputation with the United Offensive expansion pack, and then the sequel, CoD2. Then, they shattered expectations with CoD4: Modern Warfare; it was beautiful yet optimized, the campaign was cinematic, and the multiplayer system was revolutionary.
Given Infinity Ward's impressive portfolio, naturally everybody expected Modern Warfare 2 to rise above and beyond CoD4. Unfortunately, what we got was a watered-down piece of crap. IW had actually gone out of their way to remove features that, until MW2, had been standard for PC games, like dedicated servers and an integrated browser (replaced with a listen-server matchmaking system similar to Xbox Live or PSN), and the command console. They even went so far as to block users from being able to control certain variables, such as field of view, which they left at a painfully narrow 65 degrees. Also, this is the first PC FPS (to my knowledge) where you actually have to pay for additional maps.
I could fill an entire thread with what is wrong with Modern Warfare 2, so I'll just leave the details here for now, and mention that since the release of Modern Warfare 2, the vast majority of the Infinity Ward development team have either been fired by Activision or left of their own accord. Many of these former IW employees have started a new development team, Respawn Entertainment, under EA.
^ I just still consider Blizzard an active, decent developer. Especially with the wow expansion coming out.
Good call on the Infinity Ward though, Did not even think of that.
Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
15th April 2005
Paradox Interactive have been good both as developers and publishers - they have been pretty responsive to community feedback.
I'd say that Valve is the best one in the whole world, but they could use a new engine.
And I don't think they deserve the no.1 spot anymore, because of this: http://forums.filefront.com/team-fortress-2-general-discussion/429564-mann-co-update.html
17th June 2002
I agree largely with your list Solace, with a couple of alterations. So I'm just going to take your list and alter it. Nyah.
Active - Valve (Half-Life 1, Half-Life 2 + episodes) - BioWare (Mass Effect 1 + 2, Dragon Age 1, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate) - Gearbox Software (Brothers in Arms, Borderlands, DUKE FRIGGIN' NUKEM FOREVER) - Relic Entertainment (Homeworld, Company of Heroes, Dawn of War) - Rockstar (Body Harvest, Grand Theft Auto series, Red Dead Redemption) - Bethesda (Fallout 3)
Defunct - Mucky Foot (Startopia, Urban Chaos) - Westwood Studios (Command & Conquer, Dune) - Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires 1 & 2) - Digital Anvil (Starlancer, Freelancer) - Realtime Worlds (Crackdown) - Ritual Entertainment (SiN, Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.², Elite Force 2) - Bullfrog Productions (Theme Hospital) - Planet Moon Studios (Giants: Citizen Kabuto)
Formerly Good - Blizzard Entertainment (StarCraft, Warcraft, Diablo) - Maxis (SimCity) - id Software (Quake, Doom, Wolfenstein) - Gas Powered Games (Dungeon Siege, Space Siege, Supreme Commander, Demigod) - Raven Software (Elite Force, Jedi Knight 2) - Rare (GoldenEye007, Perfect Dark) - Rebellion Developments (Aliens versus Predator (1994 & 1999) - DICE (Battlefield, Medal of Honor 2010)
Could you put your alterations in red or so please?