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#101 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

id Software, love all their games.

#102 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -

Valve, even if I didn't enjoy either of the Portal games.

Ubi Montreal when it comes to new stuff ( not the rehashed AC )

Santa Monica studios for God of War

Epic Games for Unreal and Gears

Rockstar finally convinced me with Red Dead and Max Payne 3

Intelligent Systems for my favorite Nintendo RPG's

CDProjeckt RED for everything they touch with the Witcher and Cyberpunk franchises.

#103 Posted by Capum15 (4930 posts) -
@hh said:

@capum15 said:

I would have included Westwood and Pandemic but they're gone. I don't think I ever have disliked a game from them that I bought.

Yeah Pandemic had my back for a good few years.

I just wish they had managed to stay up until after Mercenaries Inc came out...I know Mercs 2 was buggy as hell, but it's still my favorite game. The Battlefront games were great as well, and I really enjoyed The Saboteur.

I also just found out that Mercenaries 3: No Limits was a thing when Pandemic shuttered, and now it's cancelled. That...killed a little of my soul just now. I really hope EA, or...just...fucking someone, picks that back up and makes it a thing.

#104 Posted by CallMeTetris (72 posts) -

Double Fine for sure, and Netherrealm's also been winning me over since MK9.

#105 Edited by awesomeusername (4218 posts) -
  • Sucker Punch because I love both Sly and inFAMOUS.
  • Naugthy Dog because I love Uncharted, their characters and stories. I would buy The Last of Us in a heartbeat.
  • Valve for Portal. Only Portal.
  • Sanzaru Games because Sly Cooper Thieves in Time is a fantastic game.
  • Rocksteady because BATMAN!
  • Rockstar.
  • Irrational Games.
  • Sony Santa Monica.
#106 Edited by MentalDisruption (1643 posts) -

Off the top of my head, CDProjekt Red, Blizzard, and Atlus.

#107 Edited by jkz (4043 posts) -

Trust? Valve, probably. Seems to have the biggest investment in treating the consumer with some degree of respect.

Trust to make a game I'll like? At this point probably Rockstar

#108 Edited by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Level 5. They only have the ability to make good games, so I trust them in this regard.

#109 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

CD Projekt haven't made many games, but they seem to really "get it". And by it, I mean everything. They just seem to be doing everything right, when so many other companies are fumbling.

No DRM. No costly DLC. Free, large scale updates. Consequences and choices that matter. True RPG mechanics instead of dumbing everything down into action schlock..

They're basically what Bioware was 10 years ago.

#110 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

Naughty Dog, Rockstar, and Bungie are who immediately come to mind. I haven't always enjoy their games as much as I thought I would, but I've never been truly disappointed because they make quality games.

#111 Posted by Morbid_Coffee (955 posts) -
  • Neatherrealm and Lab Zero know what makes fighting games fun and good, and I really like the direction both studios are taking right now.
  • Double Fine made a game entirely around dumb buggy shit in the Kinect, and any company that can get away with that must be wonderful. Also they're all around swell guys and gals.
  • Intelligent Systems is my favorite first party developer for Nintendo.
  • Atlus is pretty cool and their localization teams are top notch.
  • From Software always makes weird games that turn out to become some of my favorites.
  • Level 5. Don't really need to say more.

#112 Posted by LackingSaint (1833 posts) -

Probably Valve? It's a difficult question, since even developers I really enjoy can put out products I don't really care for.

#113 Posted by PenguinDust (12558 posts) -

For me, Bethesda. So far, you pretty much know what you're getting from them and they don't disappoint. Maybe they're not for everyone, but I like their pacing, world-building, and most of all, friendliness to the modding community. I don't think they're going to stick a shiv in their fans just to please the stockholders. Even their guffaws aren't that egregious. Now, I will admit that day-1 releases are usually riddled with bugs and most characters in their games look like they were beaten with a broom, but that's part of their identity. PC players can find community created content to repair any of Bethesda's short-comings. That relationship with their audience is one of the reasons I do trust them today.

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#114 Posted by Miketakon (514 posts) -

@toxin066 said:

Platinum Games. The new crowned kings of the stylish action genre.

They've always owned the genre

#115 Posted by kaos_cracker (634 posts) -

RockStar or Naughty Dog for me.

#116 Posted by Marzy (675 posts) -

Nintendo, thatgamecompany, Amanita Design, from the top of my head.

#117 Posted by Lysergica33 (528 posts) -

CDProjektRed, thatgamecompany, Valve.

I haven't had quite enjoyed Valve's last few releases as much as their older stuff (everything up to and including the HL2 Episodes and Portal) but I still have plenty of faith in them and mountains of respect for them as a collective of artists and businesspeople. After Journey I can't wait to see where thatgamecompany go next and CDProjektRed are a shining beacon of integrity in an industry that is beginning to lack it.

#118 Posted by bushpusherr (809 posts) -

Jonathan Blow.

I have the greatest confidence that he will deliver a game that I want to play, that will respect my time and not treat me like a child.

#119 Posted by Brodehouse (10078 posts) -

Been a bad year for me and my favorite devs.

Would've been Criterion easily but I hated Most Wanted. Until Most Wanted I would've said they were bulletproof.

Would've been BioWare ... I guess I still trust they'll make games I enjoy, or at least have the BioWare elements I like (great characters, good dialogue options, extremely detailed settings). But I don't think they'll make a game I like as much as Mass Effect 2 again. Maybe that's okay?

Sort of the same thing with Platinum and Persona Team over at Atlus. They make games with elements I really adore but I'm not necessarily all in on every element of their games. Same with Naughty Dog... So far I've only liked two of their games. Recognize their talent though.

Firaxis, maybe? They've yet to OH WAIT

Obsidian! I trust Obsidian to do what Obsidian always does; put out an incredibly written and completely broken game. My vote here is for Obsidian.

#120 Posted by MedalOfMode (294 posts) -

Epic Games

#121 Edited by psylah (2181 posts) -

Anita Sarkeesian.

#122 Posted by ShockD (2410 posts) -

Valve. Would've included Blizzard as well before D3.

Ditto. I could also add Relic.

#123 Posted by TobbRobb (4752 posts) -

Valve, Platinum, Relic and Blizzard. They generally do me no wrong. Even if I might not be interested in every game.

#124 Posted by spykereightsix (80 posts) -

Every developer I would have put on this list has tripped up at least once this generation (ex. Naughty Dog, BioWare, Visceral, etc.), but that said, I still look forward to virtually any product they plan to release.

God, I hope The Last of Us makes up for the underwhelming Uncharted 3...

#125 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2497 posts) -

Naughty Dog, Bungie, and Rockstar.

#126 Posted by bluefish (503 posts) -

Probably Platinum.

Sure, Anarchy Reigns was kinda not good, but it was clearly a b-tier project from the get-go. After Bayonetta and Vanquish that are a source of optimism for me.

#127 Posted by Mrsignerman44 (1100 posts) -

Double Fine, I actually liked Brutal Legend. I didn't love it but I still enjoyed it.

I'd also trust Level 5, love me some Layton and I heard Ni no kuni was awesome but I don't have a ps3 to play it on yet :<

#128 Posted by LiquidPrince (16018 posts) -

Naughty Dog and CDProjektRED.

#129 Posted by Zekhariah (697 posts) -

CDProjektRed, Valve, and Square-Enix.

I know the last one is very irrational. But I feel like they mean well even when they put out the occasional bad game. E.g. they at least aim at being fun to play and not falling into to much of a DLC rabbit hole.

#130 Posted by egg (1469 posts) -

None, all game devs make games for other people, in virtually all cases I'm just someone tagging along.

#131 Edited by billmcneal (304 posts) -

EA Sports, I play a lot of sports games