Developers that have never made a bad game?

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#1 Posted by Starshine_M2A2 (5176 posts) -

I know this is open to opinion and so on but based purely on the volume of praise and positive reviews from the majority of critics, I'm going to put Blizzard Entertainment out there as one of the few if only developers that can truly claim to have a flawless track record.

Any others?

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#2 Edited by Yams1980 (3569 posts) -

Maxis, Westwood and Bullfrog had really good track records before EA bought them out.

I've played every Bullfrog game and loved them. Syndicate, Populous, Magic Carpet, Dungeon Keeper, Theme Hospital, the developer just made instant classics non stop... its too bad they had to sell out to EA.

Maxis had mostly great games also, a few flops when they strayed from Simcity but most of their Sim games were really good (before the Simcity 2013 incident)

i think Firaxis has had a pretty clean record as well, i've played most of their games and almost all are pretty good... especially the Civilization and X-Com games.

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#3 Posted by mrbojangles25 (44150 posts) -

Arkane Studios: the only studio I can honestly say, literally say, has never made a "bad" game.

Dishonored series

Prey (2017)

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic

Arx Fatalis

and they did a great job with a bunch of ported content (Bioshock, CoD World at War)

Stardock: OK they might have a mediocre one here and there, but it sure seems like they release nothing but hits.

Sins of a Solar Empire

Galactic Civilization

Offworld Trading company

Ashes of the Singularity

Blizzard: while they have sort of resulted to just churning out stuff from their cash cows (who can blame them, though) the fact remains their games are incredibly fun to play. More importantly, they have tremendous shelf-life to them; I was more or less playing Diablo 2 up until Diablo 3 came out. They made WoW which is quite literally an international phenomena.

Starcraft

Warcraft

Diablo

Creative Assembly: OK there might be one, maybe two, mediocre Total War games out there but for the most part, the series is flawless. Not only that, but it somehow manages to get better and better with every installment (mostly).

Total War series

Alien: Isolation (arguably the best scary game to come out in a long, long time)

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#4 Posted by deactivated-5c56012aaa167 (2538 posts) -

Clover studio because they only managed to make 2 great games(Okami and God Hand) before getting shut down.

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#5 Posted by Pikminmaniac (11372 posts) -

Retro Studio's track record is gold right now.

They've brought us one of the greatest action-adventure trilogies of all time with Metroid Prime then they produced 2 of the greatest 2D platformers ever made.

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#6 Edited by RSM-HQ (8542 posts) -

Image and Form Games are pretty well regarded as I've seen, sadly they did make a pretty mediocre DS game, as well as some phone games before they started making games with a bigger budget.

As for the whole 'Blizzard are flawless'. . Well if one ignores the older games like mediocre Radical Psycho Machine Racing and Blackthorne sure. . It's also worth noting before its huge improvements a lot of fans didn't really like Diablo III, in its vanilla P.C. release DIII was pretty annoying. It's the only version I played, gave up and scored it a 6/10 wasn't very impressed.

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#8 Posted by RockField (473 posts) -

I think it's Westwood because of their Red Alert 1 and 2 except Red Alert 3, though its changes are kinda great but not as great as RA 1 and 2.

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#9 Posted by francisbaud (5 posts) -

Mythic (Dark Age of Camelot, Warhammer Online...), Blizzard, ArenaNet (GW1, GW2).

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#10 Posted by BLN1 (128 posts) -

Rockstready! The Batman Arkham games 4 LYFE!!!

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#11 Edited by Outtammo (27 posts) -

@bln1: Arkham Knight’s Batmobile sections would argue against that lol

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#14 Edited by BLN1 (128 posts) -

@outtammo said:

@bln1: Arkham Knight’s Batmobile sections would argue against that lol

The question was bad GAME, not bad section of gameplay!!! lol

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#15 Posted by uninspiredcup (34379 posts) -

Valve.

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#16 Posted by RSM-HQ (8542 posts) -
@uninspiredcup said:

Valve.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/60/Ricochet/

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#17 Edited by uninspiredcup (34379 posts) -

@RSM-HQ said:
@uninspiredcup said:

Valve.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/60/Ricochet/

Not a bad game.

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#18 Edited by RSM-HQ (8542 posts) -

@uninspiredcup said:
@RSM-HQ said:
@uninspiredcup said:

Valve.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/60/Ricochet/

Not a bad game.

I also wouldn't call it good. Below average Arena based game with a one-note gimmick.

based purely on the volume of praise and positive reviews from the majority of critics

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#19 Edited by judaspete (3073 posts) -

@dorog1995 said:

Clover studio because they only managed to make 2 great games(Okami and God Hand) before getting shut down.

They also did DMC 3, and Viewtiful Joe 2 (and VJ1 before they were called Clover, but same people). Great developer.

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#20 Posted by RSM-HQ (8542 posts) -

@judaspete: Erm, that's incorrect.

Hideaki Itsuno san has his own studio in Capcom, and they developed DMC3, DMC4 and Dragon's Dogma.

And are currently working on an unnamed project.

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#21 Posted by Cboy95 (171 posts) -

Overwatch is the biggest piece of shit ever!

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#22 Posted by judaspete (3073 posts) -

@RSM-HQ said:

@judaspete: Erm, that's incorrect.

Hideaki Itsuno san has his own studio in Capcom, and they developed DMC3, DMC4 and Dragon's Dogma.

And are currently working on an unnamed project.

Oops. My bad.

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#23 Edited by RSM-HQ (8542 posts) -

@judaspete: No worries dood, I'm just a big fan of Itsuno Capcom games.

Clover and the studio members that went to Platinum have made some amazing games as well.

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#24 Posted by pug987 (458 posts) -

I agree with some that have already been mentioned so I'll just add a couple that haven't. Supergiant Games (of Bastion and Transistor fame) and Dontnod Entertainment (Life is Strange and Remember me). Of course both have the advantage of not having released many games so far but still.

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#25 Posted by Megapsychotron (19 posts) -

Off the top of my head, I'd say CD Projekt Red. Though they've only made the three Witcher games so far.

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#26 Posted by Nintendo_Ownes7 (30973 posts) -

I might say Intelligent Systems they had a really strong track record for a while.

I remember I think their first average game was around 2009 or something but they have been making games since 1984.

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#27 Edited by Jacanuk (18718 posts) -

@Starshine_M2A2: What a subjective question.

But i think one developer most agree on is either Rockstar or even tho i hate Overwatch Blizzard.

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#28 Posted by Starshine_M2A2 (5176 posts) -

@Jacanuk: I acknowledged it was subjective in my OP. I was merely curious as to people’s opinions. So I’m really not sure what your point is.

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#29 Posted by DaVillain- (37555 posts) -

Naughty Dogs. Uncharted series, The Last of Us, & Crash Bandicoot are all amazing games that never went to bad playing games.

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#30 Edited by warmblur (2806 posts) -

Rockstar games maybe..

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#31 Posted by Cboy95 (171 posts) -

Overwatch is the biggest piece of shit ever!

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#32 Posted by goodzorr (506 posts) -

Electronic Arts

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#33 Posted by ArchoNils2 (10402 posts) -

yeah I guess Blizzard is your best guess. Of course it depends on when you consider a game "bad". A lot of the devs named here have several average titles in their library.

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#35 Edited by Litchie (24148 posts) -

Nintendo - Can't think of a game I'd consider "bad". And they've made a shitload of games, so they have to be on #1. Wii Music/Party and 1-2 Switch are games I don't consider good, but they can still be fun as party games, which is the point with them.
Valve - No game they've made is bad, but they haven't really done that much.
Retro Studios - So far, all games have been awesome. Including DK: Tropical Freeze, poopface GS.

@RSM-HQ said:

As for the whole 'Blizzard are flawless'. . Well if one ignores the older games like mediocre Radical Psycho Machine Racing and Blackthorne sure. . It's also worth noting before its huge improvements a lot of fans didn't really like Diablo III, in its vanilla P.C. release DIII was pretty annoying. It's the only version I played, gave up and scored it a 6/10 wasn't very impressed.

I went back and you're not missing much. The quite boring combat, crappy story elements, dissapointing artstyle and soundtrack, etc. is still there. Wouldn't really say it's a bad game, though. Just very dissapointing going from Diablo 2 to... that. It's hard to explain, but it's just boring to me. It feels like it's made by a different studio than D2, and I can understand the "WoWification" people talked about. Titan Quest and Grim Dawn are better ARPGS, imo. Haven't tried Path of Exile..

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#36 Posted by RSM-HQ (8542 posts) -

@Litchie: That's reassuring, been asked a few times to give Diablo III a second chance, and ironically I'm being told this for my current love of Divinity: Original Sin II. Which has little in common with Diablo games lol.

Grim Dawn is a game I bought on sale and yet to dive in, it will be my next in the Diablo/ RPG Hack n' Slash genre.

Right now however, alittle burnt out after trying Dragon Age Origin for the first time this year and not being very impressed. Sunk about fifteen hours in and wondered why I do this to myself lol. Blame myself for always trying games many call classics that I missed out on.

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#37 Posted by VFighter (5130 posts) -

@davillain-: Try their 3DO fighting game, the one that tried to copy Mortal Kombat, you'll change your tune about them never making a bad game lol.

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#38 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (21580 posts) -

@RSM-HQ said:

Image and Form Games are pretty well regarded as I've seen, sadly they did make a pretty mediocre DS game, as well as some phone games before they started making games with a bigger budget.

As for the whole 'Blizzard are flawless'. . Well if one ignores the older games like mediocre Radical Psycho Machine Racing and Blackthorne sure. . It's also worth noting before its huge improvements a lot of fans didn't really like Diablo III, in its vanilla P.C. release DIII was pretty annoying. It's the only version I played, gave up and scored it a 6/10 wasn't very impressed.

Blackthorne was pretty damn good.

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#39 Edited by RSM-HQ (8542 posts) -

@Black_Knight_00: If you think so, I've played tons of retro games and for Blackthorne wasn't particularly a fan.

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#40 Edited by Shantmaster_K (1499 posts) -

Bethesda, Blizzard, Rockstar, Playdead, and I'm going to say Bioware even with Andromeda.