The past generation has been the most important in the storied history of the video game world. The rise of technology at the start of the generation has led to brilliant technological innovation and subsequently countless amazing games.
Throughout the last years, developers have become more and more adept at creating unforgettable experiences. Of all of the developers working hard to create tremendous games, a handful stands above the rest. Their dedication to creating the best video games possible has forever changed the landscape of the gaming world forever. Below, are the ten best developers of the generation.
10 – Irrational Games
Irrational Games have been making amazing titles since 1999, but the studio made themselves a household name in 2007 with the release of the beloved BioShock followed by this year’s BioShock Infinite
Praised for their immersive storytelling and innovative gameplay mechanics, Irrational Games has been one of the best developers with unbridled potential for the future.
9 – CD Projekt RED
The Polish developers, CD Projekt RED, have almost single-handedly brought the role-playing genre back to life since 2007’s The Witcher. After The Witcher, CDPR went on to release The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings to bother critical and public acclaim. Both games, loved for their tremendous graphics, mature storytelling, and detailed world are continually listed among the greatest games of all time.
CDPR has dominated the RPG world and aims to continue to do so thanks the much anticipated The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077
8 – BioWare
Few developers have put out as many games this past generation as the team at BioWare has. Starting from 2007’s Mass Effect, BioWare has developed ten games, many of which received tons of praise. BioWare’s Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises have helped usher in a new era of roleplaying titles.
7 – Epic Games
Epic Games, headed by industry legend Cliff Blezinski, has a long track record for not only creating tons of visceral and engaging titles, but also for their beloved Unreal Engine 3.
Epic Games and the U3 engine brought gamers the Gears of War series, Shadow Complex and Unreal Tournament 3, as well as countless other amazing games by other developers.
6 – Bethesda Game Studios
Starting with 2006’s Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Bethesda has continually dominated the video game market with each title they have developed. Oblivion brought the Elder Scrolls franchise to more gamers than ever before and ushered in a new emphasis on open-world fantasy settings.
After Oblivion and its expansions, Bethesda went on to revamp the Fallout series with Fallout 3 before returning to the Elder Scrolls with 2011’s Skyrim.
While some may knock Bethesda’s notoriously buggy games, denying the scope and vision of their titles as well as the importance of the studio’s developed titles in the past generation is near impossible.
5 – Infinity Ward
Whether you love or hate the Call of Duty franchise, there is no denying just how influential the both the games and Infinity Ward have been to the current state of the video game industry.
Call of Duty’s yearly releases and massive following have made Infinity Ward the standard by which other developers look to create a multiplayer experience.
4 – Harmonix
Harmonix defined an entire genre two different times. Their creation of the Guitar Hero franchise, followed by Rock Band brought rhythm games to the masses in a way like never before seen, rendering Harmoix the kings of the music-based gaming world.
While the Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles have since been retired, Hamonix’s rhythm based revolution continues on with the Dance Central series.
3 – Naughty Dog
Naughty Dog has consistently created some of the most beloved video games on Sony’s consoles. With their work on the PlayStation 3, however, Naughty Dog elevated their status to veritable video game gods.
Naughty Dog’s Uncharted offerings established the PlayStation 3’s status as a video game powerhouse, treating gamers to unforgettable – and cinematic – experiences. Naughty Dog wasn’t finished after developing the Uncharted series, the developers released this year’s The Last of Us which met some of the greatest praise of any game ever created.
2 – Valve Corporation
Even ignoring Valve’s unbelievably popular Steam platform, the Seattle based developer has earned its place high on the list for creating some of the past generation’s best video games. From their beloved Half-Life 2 onward, Valve has established themselves as one of the most technologically sound developers in the industry.
Left 4 Dead, Portal, Team Fortress 2 and DOTA 2 have all been developed by Valve since 2007 and each title has been considered one of the best in its respective genre. Valve’s ability to continually create innovative and enjoyable video games is nearly unparalleled.
1 – Rockstar Games
No other developer has had the impact in the last generation that Rockstar Games has. Rockstar Games currently has eight studios spread out across the world, each of which has developed some of gaming’s best titles.
Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and the juggernaut that is Grand Theft Auto are among the best and brightest in recent years, all of which Rockstar developed with their signature attention to detail.
Rockstar continually proves that they are the studio to beat with each and every game they release. Notorious for their ability to blend addictive gameplay with great writing and unforgettable characters, there is no denying that Rockstar is the best developer of the generation.
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