PS3 Attitude’s Top 100 Developers – Part 2
Believe it or not, the PlayStation 3 was released nearly four years ago, and since then the console has been graced with hundreds of great titles. Therefore, we at PS3 Attitude thought we’d take some time to pay tribute to the people who create the games that make our mundane lives just that little bit more entertaining: the developers.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing our one hundred favourite developers, and believe us when we say that there are some incredibly talented teams included. Last week we revealed the first ten developers in our mammoth list, and today we’re revealing the next ten.
Please note that the list is in alphabetical order, so don’t worry if it looks like we’ve missed off your favourite developer, because the chances are that it will appear in a future article (or has already been featured in a previous article).
Capcom – Japan – Delriach
There’s no way you can have a top developers list without prominently including Capcom. The Japanese based developer has made some of the best games we’ve ever played. Mega Man, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and of course, Street Fighter are amongst some of the most popular franchises of all time.
Their tradition of developing great games continued on PlayStation 3 with titles such as Devil May Cry 4, Mega Man 9 and 10, Resident Evil 5, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and Street Fighter IV. Earlier this year, we also saw the release of Super Street Fighter IV, which was a huge improvement to the original in every way imaginable.
However, it’s not just the games that set Capcom apart from the competition. It’s also the fanservice and community involvement, with fan-requested characters being included in Super Street Fighter IV, re-releases of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and the upcoming Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, and even brand new retro-styled Mega Man games.
And of course, you can’t forget about Marvel vs. Capcom 3 which releases in spring 2011, and Street Fighter X Tekken, which is expected to launch sometime in 2012. It’s not all about fighting games; there’s Dead Rising 2, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Mega Man Universe, and more. It goes without saying, we’re very excited to see what Capcom brings to the PS3 in the future.
Clap Hanz – Japan
Despite being an independent company, the Yokohama-based Clap Hanz have a very strong relationship with Sony, and have only ever released games for PlayStation. The developer is of course famous for the popular Everybody’s Golf series (known as Hot Shots Golf in North America), since they took over from Camelot Software Planning (who created the first game) in 1999.
Everybody’s Golf is one of those rare game franchises that is simple enough for casual players to enjoy, but also deep enough to satisfy more serious gamers. The cartoonish visuals and addictive gameplay come together to make one of the most charming series on PlayStation, and the latest release (the first on PS3), Everybody’s Golf: World Tour, is no exception.
Codemasters – United Kingdom
Codemasters is one of the biggest developers and publishers in the UK, and has released a huge number of games for PlayStation consoles over the years. In fact, it would probably be easier to list the games they haven’t developed rather than the ones they have, so we’ll just highlight a few of their most popular PS3 games here.
Without a doubt, Codemasters’ most famous franchise is Colin McRae Rally, and more recently, its spinoff series, Dirt. The great graphics, brilliant car handling, and class-leading presentation come together to create one of the best racing series on PS3, and we look forward to Dirt 3 next year.
Codies’ other releases for PS3 as a developer include Race Driver: Grid, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, and the upcoming F1 2010, Bodycount, and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. The company has been making games since 1985, and something tells us they won’t be stopping any time soon.
Creat Studios – United States of America – DolphGB
Creat Studios were originally founded in St. Petersburg, Russia by Anton Petrov and Vladimir Starzhevsky. The company was formed in 1990 and whilst they still have a development studio there, the headquarters were moved to Canton, Massachusetts in 2005.
Along with their San Mateo based partners, TikGames, Creat have been responsible for a steady stream of hit PSN titles including the award winning Cuboid, Magic Ball, Smash Cars, Digger HD and their latest creations, TerRover and Hamster Ball.
Of course, they haven’t just appeared on the scene since the PlayStation Network came along. Their Sony platform credentials include the quirky Biker Mice from Mars on the PS2 and Coded Arms: Contagion on the PSP. Creat are currently researching 3D for future PS3 titles, so we’ll be keeping both eyes on what they come up with next.
Criterion Games – United Kingdom – Whoelse
Criterion Games is a Guildford based company founded back in 1993. The developer’s first project was Scorched Planet for Windows that released in 1996, but they are best known for their work on the Burnout series. To date they have developed a total of five games in the series, which is almost every major console release of the series.
The 2008 hit Burnout Paradise was the team’s most recent game and has been a major success. After supporting this game for many months with several game patches and downloadable packs, they are now focusing on this year’s title Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.
With their experience and expertise, we fully expect this latest entry in the iconic racing franchise to be one of the biggest releases of 2010. Hopefully the next Burnout title is not too far down the pipeline either!
Crystal Dynamics – United States of America
Before the arrival of the PlayStation 3, Crystal Dynamics developed a number of games for a variety of consoles, including the Gex series and Legacy of Kain series on PlayStation and PlayStation 2. However, since 2006 the company has been more famous for developing the Tomb Raider series, after they took over from the original creators, Core Design.
Tomb Raider: Legend, the developer’s first release in the series, was seen as a much-needed return to form, after the franchise had begun to grow stale. Whilst slightly disappointing, Tomb Raider: Underworld was still a confident first outing for the series on PS3, and the downloadable Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is looking like it could be the PSN’s biggest game of the summer, and we can’t wait until it’s released in a few weeks.
Crytek – Germany – Echo307
Crytek hails from Frankfurt, Germany but they also have 5 smaller branches in several other countries. Apart from creating three different iterations of the widely popular CryEngine, they’ve also been very well known for being the brains and brawn behind the Far Cry series – and more impressively, the Crysis series.
PlayStation gamers everywhere couldn’t help but weep a little bit when they first got a look at the original Crysis on the PC. The game just looked so amazing that it was very hard not to be captivated by its beauty. That sorrow quickly turned to joy when Crytek announced that Crysis 2 would be coming to the PlayStation 3.
The single player looks to be absolutely stunning and we can’t help but be mystified by its incredible graphic design. We’re equally fascinated with the multiplayer, as it looks to have a lot of depth and a very high level of action. Crytek are obviously still to release Crysis 2, but their strong history paired with their bright future was more than enough to include Crytek on our list.
Crytek UK – United Kingdom
Crytek UK was founded in 1999 as Free Radical Design, before they were acquired by Crytek in 2009, after disappointing reviews and sales of their first PlayStation 3 game, Haze. However, they deserve a spot on this list for being the masterminds behind the awesome first person shooter series, TimeSplitters.
The original TimeSplitters was released in 2000 as a PS2 launch title, and garnered significant acclaim from both reviewers and consumers for its unusual art style, addictive gameplay, and fantastic multiplayer. The game spawned two sequels on PS2, and TimeSplitters 4 was announced for PS3 in 2007, though not much has been mentioned since then. Nevertheless, we’re sure that when it does finally surface, it’ll be well worth the wait.
Double Fine Productions – United States of America
Double Fine Productions was set up in 2000 by Tim Schafer after he left LucasArts, where he had been one of the lead designers of the original Monkey Island games. However, Double Fine’s first full retail release wasn’t until 2005, with the platformer Psychonauts for PS2, which was acclaimed by critics, but unfortunately failed to sell particularly well.
Their first game for PS3 was Brütal Legend, which is genuinely funny and extremely fun (even if it is a real-time strategy game disguised as an action-adventure). Schafer has also revealed that the team are currently working on several new games, the first of which is the PSN role-playing game Costume Quest, which looks to be just as entertaining as their previous games, and comes out in just two months’ time.
EA Black Box – Canada
Black Box Games became a wholly-owned subsidiary of EA in 2002, and were subsequently renamed EA Black Box as part of EA Canada. Since this acquisition the company has been most famous for their work on the Need for Speed series and Skate series.
The developer’s Need for Speed releases for PS3 were solid but nothing revolutionary; however, the Skate series has certainly revolutionised skateboarding games. Using the right stick rather than the face buttons to perform tricks works perfectly, and the franchise’s style and presentation is great. True, the sequels haven’t felt like much of a step-up from the first game, but we’re confident that the team at Black Box have some great ideas for the future of the series.
So now you know twenty of our favourite developers! Be sure to check back every Monday for the next eight weeks, when we’ll be revealing the remaining 80 developers in our Top 100.