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#1 of 46 OFFLINE   Keith Frederick

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Posted August 03 2003 - 02:59 PM

Square? Visual Concepts? Bioware? Bungie? Rareware? Tiburian? Neversoft? DICE? Valve? For me, right now, it has to be Tecmo. I have faith that Tecmo will continually bring forth polished games that stand out from the crowd for one reason or another.

#2 of 46 OFFLINE   JamesH

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Posted August 03 2003 - 04:27 PM

It's hard for me to pick one since I get mad at almost all of them at one point or another. Really the only one I can think of offhand that is without sin is Koei.

Koei makes great games and shows tremendous support for the US gaming community. Not many companies port games over to the US knowing that they don't have the prospect of selling well, but Koei does just that. There aren't really many companies that exist FOR the gamers anymore, even Nintendo was disgraced in a price fixing scandal. I'm really thankful that Koei keeps its small but rabid community satisfied by bringing games like Gitaroo Man and Romance of the Three Kingdoms to the US despite crappy sales. In addition, Koei actually knows what it means to make a SEQUEL, and the gameplay in ROTTK gets huge changes every time a new game is made.

My only complaint is that Dynasty Warriors 4 wasn't what it should have been, but that's pretty minor compared to my beefs with just about every other major developer. Never thought I'd see the day I'd sing Koei's praises over Square and Sega, but oh how the mighty have fallen.

#3 of 46 OFFLINE   Travis Olson

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Posted August 03 2003 - 04:48 PM

Rockstar. As long as they keep pumping out GTA quality titles I'm their #1 fan. Second would probably be DICE for BF1942 as it's the best online game I've played.

#4 of 46 OFFLINE   Morgan Jolley

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Posted August 03 2003 - 04:56 PM

Harmonix has made 2 of my favorite games ever: Frequency and Amplitude. They're moving on to do Karaoke Revolution, which disappoints me, but they really have raw talent for creating simple, yet addictive, games.

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Posted August 03 2003 - 11:31 PM

Konami sticks out for me as being the most consistent this generation. Close behind them are Nintendo followed by Visual Concepts.

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Posted August 04 2003 - 12:41 AM

Square in a HUGE way (especially a couple of years back), Nintendo, Visual Concepts, Capcom (which suprised me when I realized it), and Sega (assuming they'd count, since they're pretty broad with lots of smaller groups).
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#7 of 46 OFFLINE   Paul_Fisher

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Posted August 04 2003 - 01:16 AM

Square. They got me hooked with the Final Fantasy games on the NES.

#8 of 46 OFFLINE   BrianB

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Posted August 04 2003 - 01:59 AM

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Rockstar. As long as they keep pumping out GTA quality titles I'm their #1 fan.

You mean Rockstar North, just to be clear... Rockstar's much more than one team.
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#9 of 46 OFFLINE   John-Miles

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Posted August 04 2003 - 02:24 AM

Well I have to say Square, of course thats mainly for the final fantasy games, i have loved all that ive played, tho i have not played 8 or nine yet, i will eventually though.

and I ahve to agree big time with jamesH but this is where it is odd, I love Koei, they make awesome games, but their big problem is they dont bring their games over to the US. James ahve you ever played uncharted waters, man that game ruled, but number 3 and 4 in the series ahve yet to be translated to english, they were translated to portugases i believe but not english, i want my uncharted waters. and sure romance of the three kingdoms is awesome, but we are just getting number 8 in 10 days now ( i have my copy pre-paid at EB) but number 9 has been out in japan for over a year now, need same dayreleases in both languages Posted Image
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#10 of 46 OFFLINE   BertFalasco

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Posted August 04 2003 - 03:21 AM

Used to be Rare.. Overall, I love Midway, for MK and the way they captivate the arcade feel for consoles.

#11 of 46 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted August 04 2003 - 04:21 AM

Sega, dunno which I like more, AM2, Smilebit or Sonic Team

#12 of 46 OFFLINE   Tim Markley

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Posted August 04 2003 - 05:11 AM

Blizzard and Bioware. Any news of a Diablo III?

#13 of 46 OFFLINE   Romier S

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Posted August 04 2003 - 06:56 AM

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Any news of a Diablo III?

None and with Roper and company leaving Blizzard North is could be awhile before we actually do (though I believe they already have a new staff in place).

As for favorite developer. Smilebit for me (though I'd throw Sega in there period). Bioware would also be tops on my list.

#14 of 46 OFFLINE   Marvin Richardson

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Posted August 04 2003 - 09:18 AM

Whoever is responsible for Resident Evil (I know Capcom, but not sure if its a specific group within them, other than Shinji Mikami) is up there, as are the developers behind Silent Hill. But, I'd have to say if there is one developer whose output I could not live without it would be Square. Aside from a few one-off turkeys (like Driving Emotion Type-S) and one horrifically bad series (SaGa...at least stateside), I love all of their games, but especially Final Fantasy and Chrono. By the way, I want Chrono III!

#15 of 46 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted August 04 2003 - 09:43 AM

Bioware, before they hit anyone's top 10 should ship a game without so many insane bugs. I NEVER hit the bugs other people do, but I've hit at least 20 in KOTOR, including one they should have caught on the first pass last night.

As I was lowered into the Shadowlands, I was pressing buttons hoping in vain to bypass the cutscenes. It made a booping sound and all video was gone, though I could still play because I could hear cursor movement and such

#16 of 46 OFFLINE   Mark Evans

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Posted August 04 2003 - 10:14 AM

Well, shame you don't speak for the entire world then Jeff. Bioware is one of the best developers going in terms of quality and I'd stack their record up against Blizzard any day of the week. Easily my favorite creative team right now for PC games.

Looking Glass was an excellent developer in their day, ditto Sierra and LucasArts when both were primarily adventure game companies. There was a great stretch when both Sierra and LucasArts pumped out quality title after quality title, then both descended into mediocre pablum that was far afield from what made their companies awesome.

Nintendo has an excellent track record with me, and Capcom's Res Evil teams are equally solid. Silicon Knights definitely has potential to be in a similar position since I have become increasingly impressed with their company philosophy and hope that will translate into consistently superior productions.
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#17 of 46 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted August 04 2003 - 11:11 AM

Blizzard has never shipped a game with such a huge number of bugs.

#18 of 46 OFFLINE   James_Kiang

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Posted August 04 2003 - 11:19 AM

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Blizzard has never shipped a game with such a huge number of bugs.


First impression: BWAH?????

1 - I seem to remember Diablo II having all sorts of problems when it first launched. Now that was a few years ago so I might be mistaken; either that or maybe it wasn't so much bugs as it was tweaks.

2 - A huge number of bugs? You mentioned only one.
EDIT - OK, only one in detail. You did mention something about 20 bugs.

#19 of 46 OFFLINE   Tony-B

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Posted August 04 2003 - 12:19 PM

One word, NEVERSOFT! I own every single THPS game, and they are all great! Posted Image

I also like DMA/Rockstar North and Z-Axis alot. I can't say that I like Square too much. Final Fantasy is not really my type of game.
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Posted August 04 2003 - 01:44 PM

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