That's not exactly an easy question to answer, at least not for me.
See when it comes to picking my favourite developer it boils down to maybe a list of about 10-15 developers in which I would revel in the mead hall to their games. Now obviously your thinking, ok so Bethesda must be on your list right? Now I could jump on the band waggon and say that they are great and nothing they have ever does has disappointed me but then I would be lying because Fallout: New Vegas was an abomination and I felt like flushing my sixty dollars down a toilet would have given me more satisfaction.
I think it would be entirely impossible for me to list off my favourite developers but I'm sure if any of you have the slightest interest in my opinion simply leaving you without some inclination of what my favourites are would upset you. To put this in it's simplest form im going to try and mention the top five developers in my imaginary list but keep in mind that this would be a list subject to major change at any given time because I wouldn't say that I like any one developer over the other because I'm sure every developer I list has completely disappointed me at least once.
To start the list off, why not mention Bethesda. I loved Fallout 3 and held Oblivion in high regard like I made it myself and am currently blown away by Skyrim while at the same time feeling a bit underwhelmed but I can't quite place my finger on why exactly that is. So in number one we have Bethesda.
Now to continue, the next developer that comes to mind is Naughty Dog for their outstanding work on the Uncharted series. See up until Uncharted I can't remember a game they have made that I enjoy and I don't even completely know their track record. However I do know that they made Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter, both of which I do not like and am quite happy living without. Still, they pleased me so much with Uncharted that they deserve a mention and earn their spot as Number two on the list.
Moving forward I would like to bring up Zipper Interactive. Most recently you may know them for their work on Socom 4 and MAG, two games I dislike and can not understand the hype that surrounded them. Step back even further and they showed their work on Socom 3 and Socom: Combined Assault, these two games also receive a thumbs down in my book because they put the nail in the coffin that was the legacy of Socom 2. Now some may not agree with me on that statement but many and most will agree that Zipper Interactive hit their prime with Socom 2 only improving off the greatness that was the first in the series. Ask almost any long time fan and they will tell you that after Socom 2 they lost their touch.
So you must be asking yourself. how could Zipper be one of your favourites when only two out of their vast lineup of games impressed you? Well.. SOCOM 2. Enough said. With all of the above Zipper earns its place as number three on my list of favourite developers.
Immediately after, DICE comes to mind. Most notably for their work on the Battlefield series. The core of why I picked them for a spot on this list is for a game I like to call my favourite PS3 game, Mirror's Edge. Now don't get me wrong I am also absolutely in love with the Battlefield series and if I had to pick which I appreciate the company for more I probably couldn't choose but with that being said Mirror's Edge quickly went down as being my favorite game for this console generation and too this day I loath the fact that the sequel was squashed. Mirror's Edge, along with past Battlefield games earns DICE a spot on this last as number four.
Now to top it all off with the fifth and final place in this list of favourite developers I can't help but choose Rockstar Games. Everyone knows them for Grand Theft Auto. When thinking of Rockstar, along with Grand Theft Auto the first game that comes to mind is Bully. Bully was a game I enjoyed so much I bought it twice, once on the PS2 and once on the Wii. Aside from Bully, they made such great games as Manhunt, Max Payne and Midnight Club. Not to mention their recreation of the movie "The Warriors".
As you can clearly see I have no choice but to give Rockstar Games the fifth place in my list.
To sum things up here is an actual list.
05. Rockstar Games
03. Zipper Interactive
02. Naughty Dog
Now the next obvious place to take this blog is to the deepest and darkest realm of game development.
Infinity Ward my eyes are locked on you, sure you rocked us all with Call of Duty 4 but it seems even you can't figure out why it was so great and so you continue to run your series into the ground. Infinity Ward immediately comes to mind when thinking of my least favourite developer.
I use "least favourite" loosely because even though I don't like them or the course in which they are leading their games I did enjoy past games enough to warrant "least favourite". To put it simply, I don't like them but I don't hate them.
Also, I would like to note that Slant Six holds a special place in my mind as a company I would like to see burnt to the ground.
So what about you GameSpot, do you have a favourite or least favourite developer?