Top 10 Video Game Companies of All TimeVideo Games are the greatest things ever created by human hands, but which companies are the best?
The Top Ten
Nintendo is the best of the best, there is no doubt. Nintendo has innovated the Video Game industry, as well as taken it to new levels. With household names like Mario, Zelda, Kirby, and Metroid, how can they be beaten? Good quality games, always brilliant storylines, and some pretty good consoles. Nintendo's games composes of my entire childhood, even today I play Nintendo games, they make them so well you can't help but want to replay them. Once you've got hooked on Nintendo you'll never settle for any other, Nintendo is the backbone to the industry itself.
Nintendo is the KING of video games. From the Mario series to Kirby series, all are unique in thier own ways. Is and always will be the kind of video games.
I'm a true Nintendo Fan!
I played most of the company's games, read the magazines and I'm hoping to join it's fan club.
Nintendo is the king of games in the universe!
If it has been running since the 80s and is still going, it must be doing something right. And what I mean by right, I mean by always being innovative and finding new ways to distinguish their-selves from Sony and Microsoft. heck, there consoles don't always have Nintendo in them (unless you're talking about handhelds, that's a whole nother story.) Speaking of, while Sony struggles with the Vita, Nintendo has dominated the hand held market with the all mighty 3ds! They may not have the best online play (Super Smash Bros. for the 3ds, it won't even work on the New Nintendo 3ds XL! ) and you certainly can't grab a copy of Fallout 4 or Just Cause 3 for the Wii U, but they are the only ones with Mario, Link, Kirby, Fox, and Samus on their consoles. Then the amiibo is just a minor reason to join Nintendo. Also, they have everything! You want platforming? How about Mario, Donkey Kong, or Kirby. Racing? Mario Kart and F-Zero. Adventure? The Legend of Zelda or Metroid should do the trick. So ...more
"Rockstar Games" is the KING of the Video Game Creators, I used to play Grand Theft Auto IV (4 In Roman Numerals) and the graphics were better than most Computer and other 2009-2020 Stuff (like SCP CB and Grand Theft Auto V, SCP CB and Grand Theft Auto Only by Guns). The only bad stuff are the Controversies that were published by people in the year it was released and etc. If you have a game that is boring, SWITCH TO Grand Theft Auto!
- Matthew Torres, Age 10, 5th Grade.
Perfection is what Roackstar is all about! They dosen't release game unless its gonna be a MASSIVE hit! They are the one who are sure to hold the game of the year award for every game they release! Whether its Grand Theft Auto series, Red dead redemption, Max payne or even bully Rockstar does its best! The best thing of this developer is that the Tiny details they have in their games. Go see the IGN list of tiny details in Grand Theft Auto V, you will come to know why rockstar is most loved game company now. They are the one who pay attention on every detail a game should have. WOW! I love this company so much. They are the reason my childhood was awesome!
Rockstar game’s are awesome in many ways. I never expected red dead redemption 2 to be one of the greatest games ever now I’m waiting for Bully 2 and a new gta game
gta, red dead redemption, max payne, bully were the top games at that time still after 7 years gta is the best. Rockstar should be at first place
UBISOFT For the Win! EA doesn't make games, it just publishes them! UBISOFT SHOULD BE AT number 1. It is independent and makes great games. No doubt Assassin's Creed is at the top of the list.
Assassins creed franchise does it for me. Almost the only game I play now
I noticed no one is mentioning the huge number of underrated mobile games they co-developed. Please tell me I am not alone. Ubisoft games have always felt wholesome.
UBIDOFT HAS MADE MANY BEST SELLING GAMES LIKE PRINCE OF PERSIA, SPLINTER CELL, FAR CRY AND ASSASSINS CREED. BUT MY FAVOURITE IS ASSASSINS CREED AND SPLINTER CELL.
I now Fallout 76 is bad or maybe it was but they made so many other good games. They made the Elder Scrolls series and made some games out of the fallout series like 3 and 4 (New Vegas was made by Obsidian, Bethesda published it)
Okay first off, if you've ever remotely tried to make a game you know all about the complex protocols and coding that go into creating the game. This is Extremly true when it comes to game quality and performance. Bethesda puts a lot more effort and time into creating their games, more so than other companies that have been listed above them. Not to mention Bethesda games are VERY popular more so than the games created by higher ranking companies. It's not about the quantity but the quality of the game, and Bethesda is a primary example of Quality vs. Quantity.
I was torn between Bungie and Bethesda actually. Bungie made us Halo, Bethesda has Elder Scrolls. Considering Bungie will not be making anymore Halo games, and Bethesda is working on ESO, I had to go with Bethesda.
Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series has already set the bar for open world RPG games, and I believe ESO will revolutionize the MMO genre, breaking free from WoW-style gaming and all its clones.
Companies like Capcom have shady practices, trying to drain consumers dry with massive DLC or locked content that must be purchased.
EA has a habit of buying rights to games and then creating a sub-par game, which they did with Spore, or the Mass Effect sequels.
Other companies that continue to re-use their own franchises are really annoying. Nintendo keeps making Mario and Zelda games, Activision keeps cloning its own Call of Duty games, and they somehow think they can call their crap "new."
Bethesda doesn't have shady practices like Capcom, and they ...more
This company is amazing, they have always provided quality games! (Not including fallout series, never played it)
Every game they have released has always been worth its money as they do not care for deadlines, they will take their time (2-3 years) to make it the best they can!
With that they have also given all the players the tools to create their own version of the game, free of charge! These kits are VERY advanced!
Also recently I bought a copy of Skyrim legendary edition which gives you the game and ALL DLC for £20, if you buy that all seperate, that will cost roughly £40, I stole from them!
They do not care about money, do not care for deadlines and will ensure they create quality games by taking their time. Also they pay VERY close attenuation to game-play and environment (environment meaning trees, bushes etc not how many pixels in a texture)
Valve is the company that made PC Gaming even greater. id software made it great first but Valve came in and made it greater. Now we have Steam, the most popular and beloved PC game platform out there. Behind the legendary title Half-Life and with Half-Life 2 showed how physics in video games could actually effect on gameplay and now they have revolutionized VR. PC Gaming wouldn’t be as enjoyable without them.
Portal was one of the first "fps" games I probably ever played. After doing research into the Portal Universe I stumbled upon Half-Life 2 and played one of the best action FPS games out there. I own pretty much every game Valve has ever released. I love the company and in every way they are probably the best. The fact that they give the player what they want, they spend all the time in the world perfecting their games, and they ask for very little in return makes them one of my favorite game developers. Although they take long periods to make their games, they're all worth the wait. I'm a bit irritated by the loss of communication on the subject of Half Life 3, but I'm sure it'll be one of the best games ever made. Valve has a lot to compete with, what with all the amazing games coming out recently, but I'm sure they'll surpass even the infamous "The Last of Us. " I'm sure that once the XBOX One and the PS4 come out, Half Life 3 or Half Life 2 Episode 3 will be around the corner.
Of all the companies I can think, none seems to be better company than Valve.
They started as just a bunch of fans, and made the higher influential masterpiece of a game Half-life. Unlike other companies who frown on software modifications, they completely embraced it which brought Counter Strike to Gaming, a game series that to this day remains one of the most often played comparative games of all time. They then made Half-Life 2, which was even better than the first one, and introduced Steam. Which now is bar none the most popular digital distribution system on the web, has more Active users than either PSN or Xbox Live, and is a platform for any indie developer to make a hit game. Then they worked with modders and independent developers again to bring us Portal, and didn't stop making games. They went from being a company that made really damn good games, to owning like, 50% of the market for PC games.
They did all of this while listening to their fans, changing their ...more
Valve is the best not only because their games are fabulous, but because I truly believe that they are attentive and care about their fanbase. On top of that, and perhaps more significantly-their steam platform is probably the most fundamental and essential driver for the indie game movement, which has opened up opportunities for small gaming developers and true game production artists to push the game development industry deeper into the realm of art, as well as diversity, originality, and creativity. Go valve!
Sometimes, I'm just having a bad, bad day. Let's say, for some reason, I can't get any kills at Fortnite, my Minecraft world looks ugly, I'm not racing well at Forza, I'm raging at my mom at Overcooked!, I've got all the Rocket League out of my system, I'm bored of Sea of Thieves, Cuphead's just-well, you know, impossibly hard, you know what I do? I load Battlefront and take out my frustration at the Stormtroopers. I get myself some peace and quiet and customize my car in NFS. EA can always cheer me up, even when I hate gaming. Thank you, EA, for improving my life so much.
EA may have some very big name titles under their belt, however, half of those have been ruined by the company over the years. EA doesn't even personally design the best games the company owns like the Mass Effect and Dead Space series (both created by Bioware which EA bought out). They care more about money than the creation of great games, making them one of the worst companies in my books.
EA should be the best game developers in the world! It is the one company that is truly spends times in its games. It made Battlefield for crying out loud, revolutionizing shooters! How much more awesome video games do you need? It made Crysis, Dead Space, FIFA, and Mass Effect (just to name a few). Battlefield all the way!
Nintendo never really takes risks. The only reason Nintendo has about 4 different franchises is that they they never take chances on games like The Saboteur, one of EA's most underapriciated 3rd person sandbox games. Who needs a pre school plumber who pisses about with bimbos when you can have an Irish mechanic/saboteur who pushed the Third Reich out of France.
So Nintendo has never taken risks? Explain how none of their consoles are risky.
Awesome company. Made my favourite game on earth, Infamous Second Son! Really loved the game. Delsin really looks cool with his powers: Smoke, Neon, Video and Concrete. Also karma bombs add up to the beauty. Orbital Drop, Radiant Sweep and Hellfire Swarm. Trivia is cool. Good and Evil karma have increased my liking of the game. Good: Protector, Guardian, Champion, Paragon and True Hero.
Evil: Thug, Criminal, Bioterrorist, Most Wanted and Infamous.
I would rate it a ten-star game.
Sony computer entertainment has the best exclusive games such as uncharted and many more. It has sold much more of their consoles than any other console company in the world. PS2 was the most succesful console ever made and it is the most sold console ever.
Sony should be at #1, because they have the best consoles you will ever play, and they are even better than Nintendo and Microsoft because Sony has the most powerful consoles ever.
Because of Play Station 3 and the graphics for Madden NFL 12. Just kidding. They have the best graphics of all time with the best games like MLB the Show
Life Is Strange just ruined me for life. It as such an amazing and immersive experience to play as a lesbian teen...No other game has ever come as close to my heart as LiS.
How is this not #1? At least put it in the top 3! Let me name some games for you.
The Last of Us
The Uncharted Series
The Crash Bandicoot Series
The Jak and Daxter Series
All of these games I have just named are outstanding. I grew up playing Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. They were two of the very first games I've ever played, and two of the best. Over the following years, the Uncharted games came into play. Each of the Uncharted games have great graphics, an even better storyline, and fun and smooth gameplay. The Last of Us just came out this year, and to most people is the best game of the year, and possibly the best game of all time. Must I go on? Naughty Dog for the win.
Name one bad game. Can't be done. They gave us the first four Crash Bandicoot games which are all classics. On the next gen, they started with Jak and Daxter, a good game with the same concept as Crash. After feedback about how their games were aimed toward younger gamers, they blew us away with the darker, more mature Jak II. When the PS3 arrived on the scene, they walked away from the cartoon environment and gave us the modern Indiana Jones, Uncharted. The beautiful settings, challenging gameplay, and hooking storyline made the Ucharted series one of the most memerable. Now at the end of this gen gaming consoles, we have The Last of Us, which speaks for itself.
EVERY, and I mean it with EVERY franchise Naughty Dog has come out with is great. The Last of Us is my favorite game of all time too!
Just wanting to say that if you ignore Sonic for now, Sega actually has a great selection of games which includes Shin Megami Tensei via Atlus (by extension, Persona), Bayonetta, Yakuza, Phantasy Star, Valkyria Chronicles and Ecco the Dolphin among many others.
Also, I get the feeling that Sega is only judged by just one franchise when they themselves have other titles that have so far, done rather well themselves.
In my opinion, Sega is a respectable gaming company, but unfortunately, they don't know what to do with their flagship character and franchise. Look into other series's to see Sega's potential.
Here is one thing that Sega does better than Nintendo. They care about there fans. Now I still really love Nintendo but it feels like they don't give a single crap about there fans and they take down many fan games which were amazing and had lots of effort put into them. However with Sega they let there fans create fan games and never take them down. Heck the official sonic youtube channel said they loved the fan games the Sega fans make are great.
Uh, Sega IS going downhill. Their newest Sonic the Hedgehog games have been critically panned as some of the worst games on the market. I mean, they have history in the video game industry, but now their Sonic games aren't Sonic games, they're constant, ignorant attempts to be cool. And if you say they're trying to change that, forget it. It's been happening for over a decade. I hate saying it, but Sega is gone.
I hate it since I loved Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Lost World. Hopefully Sonic 2017 will bring them back.
Sega are the best the very best and that's an end of it every game they make has something unique about and there always innovating there own ideas propel say it's been going Down hill rubbish they are just nintendo fans who can't take that Sega is better and old goats who want to live in the 16 bit gameing world there are lots of companies who HAVE made good games but Sega STILL makes good games.
Really guys, EA is above this?
And I'm just gonna be honest, Valve kinda sucks now. I like half-life and portal as much as the next guy, but they've proven that they care more about making money by selling other people's games than making their own.
Square in my opinion should be at #4. They're game changers to say the least, and while they're not as influential as they once were, they still make some of the greatest games each year and I think people anticipate Square games more than any other company's games period.
Final Fantasy Franchise. No other reason to mention anything. But if I must, Chrono trigger, the only video game company to spend 130 million on a film and lose 100 million of it knowing it was going to happen. They made it for the fans. And they are now the ONLY company that bases their games on story rather than easy hands on gameplay
I am sure no gamer has lived without hearing about the Final Fantasy franchise. Putting that aside. Square Enix has made some awesome games!
Some that come to mind are The World Ends With You, the Bravely series, Kingdom Hearts, and Chrono Trigger!
When one thinks of a JRPG, it's generally a Square Enix game.
Final Fantasy made my childhood, it's and amazing company, and I'm surprised it isn't at least in the top three!
How, just how, could EA be above this! I mean, no hate to EA but, I do kinda prefer Square Enix more.
This company has come so far, and it's games. Hope more good things come!
Should be in the top. Just Capcom did incredible games like Street Fighter II, Devil May Cry, God Hand, Megaman and Resident Evil 4.
I absolutely love MVC, Street fighter and Mega Man and here's why
Mega man 2 is hard but fun (I don't play after I get past the masters cause it's pointless after that to me
MVC [Marvel V.S. Capcom] is absolutely phenomenal and I am shocked every time another game comes out but the scary part to me is that they haven't made or even announced another game since Disney got marvel so could this be the end of an era?
Last but not least is Street Fighter. This is the reason I play the capcom characters in MVC because this made me learn that superheroes aren't the only good fighters
Capcom is one of the best video game companies in the world. They did a major reboot of the classic 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System game which was often known as DuckTales: Remastered.
Your games are all awesome...
After I grow up I would like to be a game designer and work in your company... $$ all the best for your other games
Fun Fact: When MS bought Rare, half the staff quit because of their strict cookie cutter game development policies (and the other half probably wish they did). Rare is a ghost of its former self, and then you know that Microsoft has truly been there.
Microsoft is one of the most gaming companies in the world because they did Microsoft Kids which consists of Creative Writer, Fine Artist and Scholastic's The Magic School Bus.
They make the best consoles, might not be dirt cheap but hey, if you want the best go with XBox.
They may not make games but they are the biggest company on the marker
Microsoft didn't make Halo, Bungie did and kept it an Xbox exclusive. So, really, BUNGIE should be 11 and not Microsoft. And Call of Duty? That was made by Activision.
RareWare made classic 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie andConker’s Bad Fur Day. Super Nintendo Masterpieces like Donkey Kong Country 1,2,and 3.And finally, groundbreaking shooters like Goldeneye 007.
How is rare so far down this company and Nintendo made gaming popular and more mainstream. Without goldeneye and perfect dark you can forget about all your rubbish first person shooters you get now a days. I can't mention rare and not mention BANJO KAZOOIE!
Rare made a ton of classics that Nintendo gets undue credit for. How can you forget games like Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, and Goldeneye007? Just a few in a big list of classic games that Rare made.
Rare is an awesome company because it created some off my favorite games such as dk country conker's bad fur day banjo kazooie perfect dark etc and there very creative so is good choice for the list.
The only games I know from them is tekken and pac man
They are the best in the world
Every anime game you played
Namco Should Be First! They Created
Pac - Man
And So many more I can't even Count!
15?! I'm extremely surprised to see Blizzard at 15. I suppose it depends on your priorities.
I've seen few PC game companies that put as much attention to not just fixing bugs but truly balancing their games. The only complaint I've ever had for them was that the original "Warcraft - Orcs and Humans" had a balance issue with armies of water elementals. Given that it was ages ago I'll give them a pass.
Blizzard doesn't release crap.
To date, they have never released a bad game. When Diablo 3 is the company's worst game release, you're not doing too bad. It's still an awesome game. Every game they release is instantly the best in it's genre. Quality over quantity.
RTS: Starcraft II
Action-RPG Dungeon Crawler: Diablo
Team based FPS: Overwatch
I just wish they would make SCII.
Blizzard is hands down the best gaming company going. The amount of time and effort they put into their games is immense. When they make a game it instantly becomes the best in it's genre. And the longevity of their games is legendary. Wow came out in 2004... There are people playing it that weren't even born then. Unlike most other companies above them in this list, they never release an unfinished product. To my frustration I remember Diablo 2 being pushed back and back and back, but the wait was worth it, and better than releasing something sub par such as many games are these days due to rushed release times. Blizzard: "What, you wanna release for Christmas? Ha... too bad... it's not a perfect shining gem yet."
Blizzard has been around a long time, they have released many games that all succeeded greatly, and while some of those games died out from lack of players, it was never because they were bad, it was simply because they had aged. I have known blizzard games most of my life, I can't speak for console players, but I have never seen a pc game that could take down blizzard. They own the RTS genre almost entirely, they have one of the most successful mmorpgs of all time, they always have amazing art to the point where honest trailers said "cut scenes so beautiful", and "with gameplay so good it threatens to crush the genre competition entirely".
Skylanders was a GENIUS idea! They legit made a game where you buy toys and they come to life on screen! I loved everything about Skylanders. They might have made Call of Duty, but don’t forget about one of their AWESOME game series, SKYLANDERS! Every game brought something new to the table and a brand new story. Also the music is iconic to me and the chapters were so good.
Oh this company. Started out as a simple company, became even more awesome over the years, until the great disaster that is Call of Duty. They started milking the series, which is normal for companies (For example, God Of War) but after a while, things went out of hand. Modern Warfare 2 was the last game for them. After that, they started killing off the main character in every campaign, copying other games when it came to weapons, online in general, maps etc, graphics went from good to bad (Ghosts) and let's not forget about the price of every single game. Uncharted 3 came out in 2013, Black Ops came out earlier. Still costs more because why not.
Just to point out, Uncharted 3 came out in 2011, not 2013. Also, your right, Call of Duty was a disaster for this company. I mean, Activision has literally become the milking ground for overrated games after they started releasing them every year.
Activision is one of the most inexpensive gaming companies. They did Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and Pitfall but licensed other games such as Barbie, Nickelodeon, Disney, Rovio, The Simpsons, Spider-Man and Tony Hawk. They also did Teen Digital Diva (a edutainment PC game).
I hate how people do not like this company just because it makes Call of Duty games. It makes other wonderful games to and should be admired for it not hated on for making a best selling franchise.
Created Minecraft! Nothing more to say
Soz but Mojang definitely made Minecraft! It was Microsoft that bought Mojang! Mojang is the best!
Minecraft filled the empty space Lego left in my heart. It is my absolute favorite game, and I really want to thank Markus Persson for making it happen!
They're a good company, but one game isn't enough to call them the greatest company ever. Minecraft was revolutionary, sure, but what else have they done? In what other way have the changed the industry other than cramming YouTube with unprofessional ten-year-olds doing unoriginal playthroughs?
This company should go from #18 to the top 5. It is indeed legendary, and thus, should not be thrown under the bus while companies like EA retain a number 4 spot. Metal Gear and Silent Hill are reasons ENOUGH why they should be much, much higher on this list.
The Metal Gear series, Silent Hill 2, Zombies ate my Neighbors; all of which awesome games. Konami should be to of the list, because they have done much more greater games than all of the above, especially Activision.
Just metal gear solid. It's enough... Ok pokemon is very popular and call of duty is THE game these days but I think Metal Gear Solid is a masterpiece of games... Complete story many videos too good gameplay...
I would vote for this, but recent controversy with Hideo Kojima and poor quality of games recently is making me wonder whether this company is as great as it used to be.
With Halo: Combat Evolved, Bungie pretty much carried Microsoft through the sixth generation console era. A company that practically carried a whole console deserves some credit.
To add on to that, they are possibly developing another franchise that will change the way we play video games - Destiny.
Yea there is many game companies that have provided us with good games but with halo and it being considered the best first person shooter and I also believe that it is. It was one of the games that really got me into first person shooter games.
Bungie created the game that moved about half of the Xbox's off their shelves. Without them, 80% of these companies in this list would not be where they are today without Bungie. Remember Reach.
Needs to be in the top 5. They made all the good halo games from Combat Evolved to Reach, then made Destiny. They did First Person Shooters better than anyone else.
This evil company, lol... really? I like how the Visual Concepts fiasco of employees being severely underpaid and devs losing their jobs goes unnoticed. This company is owned by Take Two Interactive... a.k.a SATAN! I vote this to be removed from this list. Purely diabolical people work for 2K!
I love this company for reviving XCOM, my favorite TBS which I have play since I was a kid and so far the most challenging strategy game I know. None of video game developer has bring XCOM back to life except 2K, thank you so much!
Borderlands, Bioshock, NBA, 2K just makes great games with outstanding qualities!
They have made like 1 bad game (WWE 2K15) They are really good! Should be higher on this list
They made one of the best franchises ever and along with that came some of the best video games ever.
They made movies so I don't think they should be here
Responsible for their Indiana Jones games.
Star Wars battlefront is a great game
Persona 4 alone should put them in the top 10. The whole SMT series, Persona, Catherine, and a slew of other greats, and you have a fantastically underrated game developer.
Persona and my personal favourite Catherine, Atlus deserve respect! =D
Persona 5 the best. Catherine the best. I just like them.
They made some of the best video games of all time
Seriously how is this 31(when I typed this). Maybe only one of their games got famous but Pokemon still should get them into top 15. Pokemon is the second most profitable franchise after Mario. They have the most movies based on the video game as well. Not to mention their T.V. show. Come on people vote for Pokemon!
Honestly, without Gamefreak, the Nintendo would have a hole in it's soul. When Pokemon came out Nintendo was finally complete. It should be in the Top 2 with Nintendo. Gamefreak deserves it, besides, everyone loves Pokemon! Gotta catch 'em all, as they say.
Pokemon! Are you kidding! Pokemon has been popular ever since they came out, will be popular even if they go out of business (which will never happen) and will still be popular even if the entire human race would go extinct!
They gave us pokemans. They made our favorites like charizard, pikachu, and Mewtwo. Those aren't my real favorites I was just trying to fit in.
They should be in the top 5. They are one of the most influential game studios in gaming history. id software is no doubt a legendary company. With masterpiece titles like Doom and Quake. Created the FPS genre, made PC Gaming great, modding, online multiplayer, their id tech engines which has lead to game engines like Unreal, Source and IW engine (COD engine) and even to this day, from the very roots of the engines there are some quake code still there. Without this company. No Valve or Infinity Ward. No Half Life, no Call of Duty, no Counter Strike, no Team Fortress 2 and the list can just go on and on. Without this company, we wouldn’t be playing awesome games on our PCs since consoles would otherwise been superior, we wouldn’t be playing with each other online. id software rocks and there is no denial, a legendary company who influenced gaming so much that their legacy will never be forgotten.
Id software is responsible for FPS multiplayer being a thing; Quake's introduction to the market in 1996 set the groundwork for legendary titles to come such as Unreal Tournament and all of your modern day multi-player shooters like Call of Duty and Halo.
Id software essentially created the FPS we know today with the Wolfenstein and Doom franchises, and created the engines that most modern games run on. True innovators.
Without id Software there'd be no Valve, no Infinity Ward, no CryTek as most of the game engines come from id Techs => the gaming industry would be different.