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The Top Ten
9 best selling game systems, and at least 5 game franchises not games, GAME FRANCHISES that influenced the world of gaming forever, Nintendo pulled the gaming industry out of the dump, and has topped the market more times than any other company. They should be number one, and it is a damn shame that they aren't the NES, and Mario franchises are considered, by most to be the best home console, and best game franchise of all time. Not Konami, nor Valve, nor Capcom can even come close to comparing.
I bet if you went out on the street with iconic video game characters from various companies and franchises on sheets of paper and asked pedestrians the names of those characters, Nintendo's characters would be the most recognized. That just says it all. Nintendo does what others can't-they have produced game franchises and consoles that nearly everyone has had some contact with. For other franchises, you have to be more familiar with the gaming scene. But Nintendo goes beyond gaming. It's a pop culture staple, recognized by nearly everyone.
Why isn't this #1? They didn't just make one great franchise (like others above) they made Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Super Smash Bros, Pokemon, Mother (Earthbound), Pikmin... Do I really have to list any more?
Valve is incredible, but they wouldn't exist if it weren't for Nintendo! Nintendo managed to singlehandedly save the videogame industry when it was in a slump, Nintendo should definitely be highest on this list!167 Comments
Naughty Dog is hands down the best developer out there besides Insomniac Games. And started off with Crash Bandicoot which was the perfect mascot and character for its time. Perfect for the age group that it was directed toward. Moving onto the world of Jak and Daxter set the benchmark of gaming for its era, defining what story telling and gampeplay is really supposed to be. Moving onto the Uncharted series and The Last of Us. Both of these games are absolute masterpieces. They've come a long way from where they started and no one has ever put as much effort into making a video game than Naughty Dog. They are the god of video game developers.
Consistent top quality across all aspects that could go into gaming. They have story telling, character development, graphics, sound, everything. Hell they add multiplayer to games that don't seem like it will work (The Last of Us). Nintendo usually focuses on gameplay, lacking other aspects (although their gameplay is easily the best), Naughty dog does it all.
Excellent games with both game and story. Always setting an example in the industry, this company should be number 1 with the amount of work, care, and creativity they pour into their games. I grew up with their games. As their games were made they grew mature at the same pace I did. Literally my childhood
Uncharted, The last of us110 Comments
The games Bethesda made that I have played (Fallout 3, Fallout NV, TESIV: Oblivion, TESV: Skyrim) have never failed to impress.
Fallout 3, the pinnacle of Bethesda's storytelling. Escaping from 101, searching desperately for my dad, restoring clean water to the Capital - their story encouraged me to live in their world, to feel angry at the creators of the vaults, to laugh at the strangeness of Little Lamplight. I cannot express the sadness I felt when I sacrificed myself to put in the code to activate the purifier. But you know what? I didn't go back to a previous save to continue my journey and sacrifice later. I was satisfied.
TESV: Skyrim is a beautiful game with beautiful gameplay mechanics. I entered a world where I would make hard choices about the war, whilst at the same time experiencing the thrill and extremely gratifying experience of killing dragons, all occurring within an environment that defied the turmoil and conflict through its beauty, and conversely ...more
I clearly love bethesda for creating only HUGEE open world games, always offers variaty on weapons and playstyles as well as dungeons and enemies. I really loved fallout 4 even though most people didn't and I am really looking forward for elder scrolls 6 that it could be propably the best game ever if it is even a bit better than skyrim, or if its ever released anyway - Kwstasask
These guys deserve as many medals as they could possibly get. They know what their fans want and work their asses off to make sure they get it. Their attention to details are always appreciated and obvious. A prime example of their brilliance are: The Elder Scroll Series and the Fallout Series. - Strokavich
They make pretty great games - iliekpiez78 Comments
Half-Life introduced narrative and story telling for FPS, it also had AI that would fight each other. Half-Life 2 is still the standard today for single player campaigns, it has the first real physics interactions in gaming, it introduced top quality facial animations and overall incredible graphics. The Half-Life series set the bar for single player FPS games.
Counter-Strike is the number 1 online action game series. It's success revolves on its skill-based game-play and clever maps.
Team Fortress 2, despite being 6 years old, is still one of most played FPS today. It has been VALVe's playground for experimentation and is now one of the most versatile FPS to exist. It introduced community-created content as part of a game.
Portal series is the most innovative FPS experience in recent years, if not of all time. It's an entirely new kind of experience with great humour and clever design. You are now thinking with portals.
The Left4Dead series showed us what ...more
This game company got me into gaming. The Portal and Half Life series are phenomenal, Portal because of its creative lore and great gameplay, and half life because of its great story, game mechanics and more.
VALVe has the best CEO too, Gabe Newell! They made the World's Best Online Game, Team Fortress 2, and the World's Best First-person Shooter of 2004, Half-Life 2. Portal 2 has one of the best story lines and great soundtrack and graphics. Well done to VALVe.
They, literally, have NOT EVER released a game that isn't at least good, and while the vast majority are amazing to play (half life 2, team fortress 2, Portal 2 (lots of 2's... )), they have never made a bad game!
The absolute geniuses of gaming today!
Should be above Bethesda and Valve. It's a toss up between Naughty Dog and Rockstar though.
Everything they make, is legendary.
What this should be 2nd at least
I only have a few favorite games of all time, and around 3 are Rockstar's games. Incredible studio. They deserve to be above Valve and Bethesda because: Bethesda doesn't make any good games anymore, and Valve literally doesn't make games anymore. But Rockstar just throws out masterpiece after masterpiece. I think they should tie with Naughty Dog, though.76 Comments
From Chrono Trigger to Nier Automata, currently playing Octopath Traveler. Square Enix is the best J-RPG game company to date. Their games doesn't let you grind, instead they make you go through the story with whatever you have at the time. Every Square Enix game you have is full of emotion and relatable characters (sometimes they feel like anime characters) which I instantly care for. And boy is the environment magical.
Final Fantasy, Kingdom Heart, Parasite Eve, Life is strange, Tomb Rider, Xenogears, lost spear, I am Setsuna and chrono trigger. What else can you ask for JRPG fanboy.
Don't know why this isn't in the top ten, this company made games like Final Fantasy XII and Kingdom Hearts, who doesn't love those? I know how Valve can be in first place, they're not only one of the most well known companies (who am I supporting here? ) they're one of the smartest, but I think SE deserves a stop in the top ten
Were's CD project Red?21 Comments
Personally I like them but they have some awful flaws. - iliekpiez
Indeed! They also did a really good game for the PS2 Called Under the skin. You play as a Three year old alien called Cosmi fro the Planet Mischief. Every Alien Must go to a new planet to learn mischief, and Cosmi chose Earth, The Hardest challenge, to become a hero.
The game is seen in a Third - Person Perspective. And you have to prank people to earn coins, and complete the mission whatever it be in 10 minutes or less.
Karaoke (Turn people's faces white with your tone deaf singing! )
And many more!
P.S. You will be attacked in your alien form, so you can transform into people to hide from them. There is also a stage similar to Resident Evil!
Coming out with great games like every single decade. Megaman, Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Dead Rising, Most consistent video game company
Resident Evil, Megaman, Devil May Cry, Street Fighter, Okami, Ace Attorney, Viewtiful Joe, Dead Rising, Ghosts n' Goblins and the Disney games for the NES. Those are all masterpieces that make Capcom deserve a place in the Top 10.14 Comments
Really love Bioware's games. Played the entire Mass Effect trilogy and all three Dragon Age games. I'm very much hoping they will continue making such amazing games and won't focus fully on multiplayer games. Storytelling is definitely their best quality. Mass Effect 3's ending genuinely made me sob. (EA, keep your hands off this company and let them make their games.)
Really respecting Bioware. I mean, they made the Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC. Hands down, best DLC I have ever played in my entire life.
To be frank, I hated games when I was young. All my friends played some sort of video games like World of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto, Halo etc. I never liked any of the games back then as I don't find satisfaction on shooting some random people in the face for no reason, nor do I find constant grinding entertaining. The biggest downfall for games at the time though was I couldn't find any game that was immersive or story-compelling enough for me to play, and so I resort to books and movies. However all that changed just a few years ago when I stumbled upon Mass Effect 2 & Dragon Age Origins.
Both these games are unique in their own way but one thing is common though is that they have one heck of a story and incredible characters that almost feels human. Choices made by me matters in these two games and for the first time I actually feel immersed into the story of a game. Dragon Age filled my hopes for a fantasy world where nothing is truly black or white while Mass Effect 2 set ...more - BenWallis001
Mass Effect Series, Dragon Age Origins, Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate -
They made sonic chronicles12 Comments
Because of far cry 3 n 5,ac 4 black flag, ac 2,watch dogs 2 I'm gonna vote for ubisoft
Assasins creed series, farcry series, prince of persia series, and splinter cell series are awesome I love ubisoft games
Why specifically the Montreal studio? - Tectal
I heavily dislike them. And I mean heavily when I say that. - iliekpiez59 Comments
Banjo-Kazooie (And Banjo-Tooie)
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Donkey Kong Country Trilogy
Wizards & Warriors
How can a developer that's made that many classic games not be on the list?!
All of those franchises (except Donkey kong) owned by Microsoft where they are all forgotten. - Harri666
The thing that makes Rare so great is the fact that they perfect any genre they touch. Tell them to make a platformer, they give you Banjo-Kazooie. Ask them for a racer, you get Diddy Kong Racing. Fighting game? Take Killer Instinct. Say what you will about their tenure with Microsoft, that doesn't change the fact that they made the best life simulator on 360 (Viva Pinata). Even their Kinect games have that Rare charm to them, and I'm looking forward to their newest game, a pirate adventure game called Sea of Thieves.
They make my fave game of all time love you rare!
My company childhood16 Comments
This is the most important company of all time in the context of the First person shooter games. All it's technology has been used by other companies like VALVe (The source engine has some stuff from the ID Tech engine 2 and half life 1 is ENTIRELY done with some of John Carmack's engines). And their games are some of the best games I have ever seen: Doom, Quake, Rage, Wolfenstein,... 11/10
Due to id Software being one of the most influential companies in the industry (wrote the books on FPS), I would like to believe they should be higher on the list. However, I can understand why it is not in the top 10 due to their current relevance in the industry. Hopefully, the relative success of Doom 4 will change that in the near future!
These guys need to be in the top 10 at least. One of the most important studios in the industry, or at least they are historically one of the most important.
Are we all forgetting that these guys were responsible for three of the top ten most revolutionary games of all time, and the home of John Romero?11 Comments
They made some amazing games is all I can say.
Sometimes we can all agree that "Sega does what Nintendo'nt.
I mean, at least they made my favourite game - iliekpiez
Sega should be number one,come on I mean sonic hedgehog,why does nintendo get to be number 1.22 Comments
NOT ANYMORE! - JPK
Blizzard has the most stellar creatively unique and imaginative game developers out there. Each outstanding game they create has a vast ever-expanding universe, each with their own story and intriguing lore from StarCraft, Diablo, Warcraft, and Overwatch! Blizzard has the greatest jaw-dropping cinematics hands down! I've always imagined if they'll ever create an MMOFPS like StarCraft Universe someday! A gamer can dream.
Even though Blizzard is catering to a bit of a niche crowd, they manage to have a massive fanbase of dedicated and loyal people. And even though the games they make may not be appealing to everyone, they are all quality games with a lot of money and work put into them. Also, Blizzard's story department are geniuses. The stories in WoW, Diablo and StarCraft are just amazing with a super rich lore. Blizzard is just the best dev out there right now
I dare anybody to name one video game title that Blizzard has touched that has gone bad (At least as of the posting of this comment, 11/11/2010)19 Comments
They make phenomenal games - iliekpiez
Best Developer because of Ratchet and Clank
Ratchet and clank is the most unique game I have ever played. These games are one of my favorites of all time. Insomniac really puts time and creativity into their games. Thank you for the great games.
Insomniac brought me spyro, ratchet and clank and resistance.10 Comments
Use trailers that are real for starters. - iliekpiez
If you are a Grand Theft Auto fan, then you will love Rockstar!
Ok lets get one thing straight Rockstar is a good company but don't give them credit for work that isn't theirs rockstar north based in my home city edinburgh, scotland the are the creators of the Grand Theft Auto games now and always will use to be DMA who made the original Grand Theft Auto games now Rockstar North there are only 4 Grand Theft Auto Games the didn't make and Rockstar Leeds made them and that is Liberty city stories, Vice city stories, Chinatown wars and Grand Theft Auto Advanced
The best game developers..6 Comments
I voted for Bungie because I know where they are headed. Though they are currently in a primitive condition, due to their recent split with Microsoft, they will rise to be as well-known as Valve and Rockstar in the next 10 years, that I can assure you. They are already very popular due to their community spirit, and for creating the most successful sci-fi video game franchise of all-time: Halo.
And as if that wasn't enough, they are currently working on what looks to be the game that will have possibly the biggest effect out of all next-gen games: Destiny - a highly innovative FPSMMO that will take players to the stars.
Now that they are an independent company, and not under the money-grabbing grip of Microsoft, they will gradually start making subsidiary companies to make games for them, and they will begin to publish their own games. When this happens, Bungie will officially have made it where they deserve to be.
Bungie has the best ears when it comes to listening to their community. They NEVER fail to impress, their skyboxes are unmatched, their gun controls and mechanics are flawless, they sold the #1 game of all time on Xbox, Destiny is a massive flagship game that is still going strong (especially after the release of The Taken King ), and they never fail to get their community involved with feedback and improvements.
This is almost insulting to see this compnay so far down on the list. They deserve way more props than 12th place. They deserve at least 5th. I believe that if they catered to the PC community more, they'd get even bigger recognition. In my opinion, Bungie is one of the best gaming developers of all time. Their legacy continues and they never fail to impress.
Bungie have had an all star class of actors work on Halo 2, they have had 3 of their games game of the year. And John McCarthy is working on Destiny enough said.
Uh halo. Also making destiny15 Comments
Quality over quality. That's their belief. And make our games super fun and challenging
The company full of sadists. You've got to love them
Praise the Sun! Do I need to say anything.
From Software is my favorite company of all time (along with gamefreak and Nintendo). If you hate From's games you probably aren't a hardcore gamer.4 Comments
Seriously? CDPR is the best, they have made masterpiece like The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
CD Projekt RED seem to be one of the few companies that still genuinely care about their games, and not just the money they make with them. They still are what Valve and Bethesda used to be. And I can respect that.
Only video game company that I would consider investing in. Full stop.
Gods of the gaming industry42 Comments
Tomb Raider, Enough said. Now owned by Square Enix.
Eidos and square enix are the same
Seriously? How the hell is this here?
Just cause mw series had a good story lol
Love infinity ward for captain price and soap mactavcish - jerem
Maybe if every Call of Duty they made had the same quality as Modern Warfare 1, but since they aren't, I really don't think they're one of the best. - MKBeast17 Comments
Kojima should be right up there, at least at 3, you know a game developer is loyal to its customers when they literally were thinking about cancelling metal gear solid 5, but chose not to, saying "with mgs5 were taking quality over sales" not to mention metal gear solid is one of the gaming industries most respected franchises with one of if nit the best on-going story! Kudos to kojima and can't wait for mgs5!
Kojima should be at least 3rd or 4th, have you played any of their games?
Kojima was one of Konami's key developers. However, Konami fired him. Konami should be bankrupt and be abandoned for their such dumb actions.
Kojima is way better than Naughty Dog and Rockstar - Raizulee3 Comments
. . . and there's my favorite game: TEKKEN. -
Terrible company - matthewwilliams2
DRAGON BALL Z XENVOERSE
If Love Bomberman but sadly its died with Konami
BI Studios have done a fantastic job in their genre of development tactical/military sim and for sure has created some of the best games ever like Operation Flashpoint, ArmA Cold War Assault, ArmA 2, ArmA 3, and rising masterpiece DayZ which could be one of the best games of the decade.
Take On, ARMA, DayZ
The king, queen, and court jester of simulation games.
They are one of those rare game devlopers like Valve what actually listens to community and supports them. Even when new game from OPF/ARMA series comes out. Like when Arma 3 game out from being public ALPHA/BETA, year after that Gamespy shutted down. And still they released patch for arma 2 multiplayer, even when most of community moved to Arma 3. That shows they do care about community. Also they made addon creating contest for arma 3 called "Make ARMA not war"
Mirror's edge, bf3 and 4 and now battlefront
This must go higher! Battlefield series, Mirror's Edge, and now STAR WARS!
Great multiplayer experience with their games! Awesome quality and game engine from these guys.
BEST DEVELOPER EVER. Screw Valve And Those Half-Life And Counter Strike Fanboys.2 Comments
29? 2K deserve more than that honestly, They made Bioshock trilogy and Borderlands trilogy - B1ueNew
Bioshock 1, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite, Borderlands, Borderlands 2, NBA 2K series, Mafia series, XCOM series, Civilization series, NHL 2K series, the list goes on and on... Definitely not the best game developer but still, 60? This studio should be in top 15. I voted for 2K games not because it's the best in my opinion but because it's in the most undeserved place of all the gaming developers on this list.
I have No idea why 2K are in 58 place they deserve 6-7 place every game made by there guys is awesome great idea good gameplay best time playing them. But the Call of Duty guys should give chance to game that are not Call of Duty or other fps multiplayer games
THEY MADE ONE OF THE MOST MIND BLOWING GAMES I EVER PLAYED, A TRUE RIVAL FOR THE LAST OF US, BIOSHOCK INFINITE, NOT TO MENTION THE GREATEST story ever made in a video game said by ign themselves Bioshock 1
This series will go a long way. This company also made the loved borderlands they must be one of top ten
This company became Square Enix.
All Call of Duty games by Treyarch are amazing. The storyline is really good. The multiplayer is amazing and the Zombies is breathtaking. Treyarch all the way.
Treyarch should be well above activision
Best Developer Why? Bo1, Bo2, WaW. They were amazing! Nice gun Bo1 Nice Killstreaks Bo2 And Call of Duty WaW was Just A Classic. Most of the love goes to Bo1 Because Just watch a Video of all of them And you will see To me best Developer of all time.7 Comments
Yes rocksteady best superhero game developer
They gave batman games the justice they deserve. Great story, fun gameplay, great visuals, tight controls and great characters and the writing is fantastic
Batman Arkham beats any other Batman story in every way including the dark knight and batman the dark knight returns!
They have done justice to superhero games and made Batman one of the most beloved fictional protagonists with hardcore gamers.5 Comments
This studio needs more love, they are the new rare for Nintendo (just way slower)
Metroid prime. Donkey kong. Need I say more? They've made nothing but good games!
This helped me out of depression
Game Freak has made several different games besides Pokemon, however, let me point out that Pokemon is the second/third best-selling franchise in Game Boy Original- soon-to-be 3DS games. Only behind Mario and Mario Bros. , the two best known franchises ANY video game.
One word; Pokemon. Enough said2 Comments
They made some awesome games for SEGA consoles.
To all the people saying "FORTNITE IS THE WORST GAME EVER", or "FORTNITE SUCKS" they didn't just make fortnite lol, they ain't like mojang where they only made one popular game - B1ueNew
Jazz jack, unreal/unreal torment, gears of war. that's all that needs to be said
They don't make that many games anymore but they revolutionised graphics and keep doing it2 Comments
How can the company that made Quest For Glory, King's Quest, Space Quest and Police Quest be this low? It's hands down way better than Nintendo (which is still masterpiece but nowhere near as good as the legend that is Sierra Entertainment). - darthvadern
Many people forgot this company, which is unfortunate. They made a lot of great games, such as the Swat series/police quest and is now defunct. The Swat series is one of the most Tactical Games in the world, as you can order your Swat Officers, you mostly have to be slow, and you must try to capture suspects than kill them. Many people are forgetting the tactical games with good gameplay, and we need to keep Tactical Games alive.
Quest For Glory enough said - darthvadern
Nice one! I can't remember playing a bad Sierra game... I really enjoyed the King's Quest games, the Space Quest games, and Leisure Suit Larry!1 Comment
They had a great run. While I hate what came after the wolf among us I love their Sam and max and their monkey island revivals dearly - hugh201
Tales From The Borderlands to The Walking Dead to The Wolf Among Us, This company are the Ultimate story tellers! Whether they leave you laughing, or crying, they ALWAYS make a great story!
All the games they're making. From Sam & Max to The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among us. They're one of best developers of all time.
I love Minecraft Story Mode, but I feel that the choices are too annoying sometimes. Also, WHY DID REUBEN HAVE TO DIE?11 Comments
Umm I dunno
The Kirby Series
Super Smash Bros. Melee, the best Smash game of the three
They may not have made that many well known games, but these games are so classic, Hal just can't be overlooked.
Super Smash Bros, Mother, Kirby and Adventures of Lolo. Four of my favourite franchises were made by HAL.
How they aren't from the top 10?
they made a lot of amazing games
They Made Us Pay For Smash DLC - VideoGamefan52 Comments
Sonic team? Why not just put sega?
They produced SONIC!
The only company that could make a proper tony hawk game.
Yep new Tony Hawk is crap now for ps2 Underground 2 was my favorite - matthewwilliams2
Ubisoft has some classics like Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and Rainbow Six too bad their customer service is as bad as EA's
What? Ubisoft worse than Gameloft? Did you know? They helped Gameloft made Asphalt.Ubisoft helped Gameloft made the first two.And then,Gameloft tried to made Asphalt 3 by themsevles.Result? Worst racing game ever.
Best game ever epic
They created god of war series they should be at the top 5
A one track pony does not make a top five position. Take your head out your arse guys.
GOD OF WAR! :0
Nothing more to say...
Definitely top 5!
Darksiders and saints row, two amazing games, so sad that they are bankrupt
RIP. Let's hope Nordic games revives destroy all humans
They went bankrupt? So sand some good devs that don't care about the money can't do well, while crappy companies like EA become inmensely rich and powerful by selling the same game with extremely minor changes every year to rich mindless fools (Sad about Bioware being theirs now)...
They were the kings of PS2 - DragonHarrier1 Comment
KOF, Fatal Fury, Metal Slug, Samurai Shodown, The Last Blade, Shock Troopers, etc.
Cough cough midnight club cough cough.
An game company that revolutionized story telling, A.I. , and graphics that were amazing for the time.
A great company that gave us System Sock 2 and The Bioshock series.
Irrational knows how to make games. They take time with games and it shows. Truly, their games are the pinnacle of video games as an art form.
A group of people with some of the boldest and most classic storytelling. Most games today are no match for the emotional impact of what Irrational has to offer.8 Comments
Netherrealms studios is one of the coolest gaming company's of all time, and if you don't believe me then just ask the the employees that have been working there for 25 years.
Made maplestory, combat arms and dirty bomb, introduced karma koin
Although a lot of their games are p2w, the games they make aren't too bad
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