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Submitted by X-Factor 1184d ago | opinion piece

Is UK Game Development The Best In The World?

Jason Bourne of Ludos Mundi Suggests UK Among The Best Game Developers:

Back in the early days of Rare they would produce games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, but it was their partnership with Nintendo on the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 that made them one of the best game studios in the whole world. (Codemasters, Crytek, Culture, Dev, Industry, Nintendo, PS3, Retro, Rockstar North, Tech, Xbox 360)

Lior  +   1184d ago
In terms of quality of games yes
MrDead  +   1184d ago
I agree if it wasn't for the UK you would have no GTA, Red Dead, Tomb Raider, Worms, Lemmings, Timespliters, Motorstorm, Wipeout, Little Big Planet.......etc

Heres a list of companies that started or are based in the UK.
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omi25p  +   1184d ago
Batman Arkham Asylum/City.
Oh_Yeah  +   1183d ago
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Wenis  +   1184d ago
It used to be. Although these are just two companies, the current state of Rare and the loss of Free Radical, its really hurt UK game development
Oh_Yeah  +   1183d ago
Bethesda and RockStar are from North America.. So no.
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1184d ago
In terms of graphics? yes.
3GenGames  +   1184d ago
Not in any area.
ape007  +   1184d ago
you're obviously a new gamer
3GenGames  +   1184d ago
Not really. Been gaming for over 12 years, developing games for about 3 as a hobby. I pay close attention to game design, studio design decisions, and many close details in game like that.

In the day, some UK developers produced good software and games (See: Codemasters with the Dizzy series. Amazing games that were amazingly programmed). But today, Japan sucks (Crap stories), US sucks (average everything), UK sucks (What stuidos are in the UK outside of R*?). Games today in general suck. They don't dominate in graphics. Don't in gameplay excluding R*, and they don't dominate in sound. What am I missing? If you can't list 5 9 out of 10 average games by 100% UK developers, I am not anything but right.
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omi25p  +   1184d ago
The batman games are developed by rocksteady who are a uk developer.
tehpees3  +   1184d ago
I would say it used to be. Now most studios have closed or fallen from grace. Still Rockstar though.
hardandsloppy  +   1184d ago
But still, most Rockstar games are developed in their north american branch, so even Rockstar isn't that much of a UK company.
Norrison  +   1184d ago
Rockstar started in the UK so I would say it's a UK company
Psychonaughty  +   1184d ago
But GTA is developed in the uk so...
Ben_Grimm  +   1184d ago
Damn X-Factor, first an article about how UK gamers are more sophisticated than Americans and now an article about UK devs the best in the world.

I'm sensing a pattern...but I just can't put my hand on it...
X-Factor  +   1184d ago
Lol!! Well, thanks for noticing bud. Glad you're paying attention. There's more to come, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your outlook.

This has real content though. Less opinion, more "fun facts." One of my UK authors wrote it and even I was surprised at some of the stuff that's come out of the UK.

Who knew. As far as I was concerned, it was all Japan and Cali, and then Canada and some Eastern Block countries. I never pegged UK for a gaming country.

But like Mr Dead said up above in his comments, without some UK developers "you would have no GTA, Red Dead, Tomb Raider, Worms, Lemmings, Timespliters, Motorstorm, Wipeout, Little Big Planet.......etc"

GTA and Red Dead Redemption! I personally like Red Dead Better than GTA, but I'm from Dallas, Texas and I love me a six shooter, so that explains that.

I'll try not to pepper too much UK related content.

Let me know if I get out of hand. Lol!!!

No, seriously. Let me know...
majiebeast  +   1184d ago
Would really not put codemasters on the list much of the stuff they publish and develop is mediocre. Media molecule is missing.
iamgoatman  +   1184d ago
Agreed, Codemasters have really gone downhill lately. Can't remember the last game they released that wasn't riddled with bugs.
Kran  +   1184d ago
sadly, we gave the world lionhead.

fortunately, we gave the world Rockstar (i dont know the history of rockstar on if the UK rockstar came first, but its the UK that made GTA)


... i think.
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Series_IIa  +   1184d ago
Lionhead made Black & White and The Movies...

Two steller and unique PC games... Fable is not too bad 1 and 2 anyway, not played the 3rd or that Kinect thing.
DigitalRaptor  +   1184d ago
The UK has an incredible development heritage. Certainly some of the best creative minds in the industry in the UK currently, but I wouldn't say the majority.
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Rampaged Death  +   1184d ago
Criterion, Rocksteady, Rockstar Leeds, Media Molecule, Lionhead and Rare. I think the UK has some stellar developers and it's a shame about Bizarre going down.
iamgoatman  +   1184d ago
Yeah, I miss Project Gotham Racing, but on the bright side a number of ex-Bizarre devs are now part of Playground Games, another UK developer made up of various talent from other studios like Black Rock and Codemasters, and they just released Forza Horizon which is a pretty damn good start.
Mikefizzled  +   1184d ago
For the amount of studios to games ratio yes lots of them make fantastic games but its a declining market so more and more developers are disappearing.
josephayal  +   1184d ago
No never, maybe in the future
ape007  +   1184d ago
they are absolutely amazingly talented developers, some of my favorite games of all time are from British developers, DK 1, 2 and 3, goldeneye, banjo kazoi, jet force, perfect dark (imo perhaps the best FPS ever), conker bad fur day , the amazing burnout series and the legendary GTA series(perhaps my fav series ever), crackdown devs are also Britain, i liked that game, very underrated in my view, also time splitters series which is phenomenal

also the WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH on N64, made by Eurocom, imo the best bond game ever that is not goldeneye

there are also a game called SHADOW MAN on N64, DC and ps1, one of the best my fav games ever, made by acclaim Teesside, so yeah british devs are magical great article
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solar  +   1184d ago
They have the best PC gaming blog with
Anonagrog  +   1184d ago
Amongst the best, yes, but I wouldn't label us as the best. It's a needless classification. Even though we've been losing a lot of talent in recent years as our AAA devs close down and as better opportunities are presented from overseas, the games industry certainly wouldn't be what it is now without the UK. That goes without saying, but then again, we can say the same for the U.S, Canada, Sweden, etc. It's not really an industry confined by borders as most dev teams are filled with skilled individuals from all over the world.

The UK has certainly had a rich heritage so far:-

Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Burnout, Timesplitters, Total War, Batman: Arkham Asylum/City, Black & White, Fable, Little Big Planet, Wipeout, Project Gotham Racing, Split/Second, Forza Horizon, Lemmings, Crackdown, Driver, Viva Pinata, Goldeneye, Banjo Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Runescape, Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: OTTW, LEGO game series, and... umm... well, that's all I've got off of the top of my head.

There's also the tech and middleware side of things; Sony's advanced technology group (ATG); 'Natural Motions' Euphoria animation-physics engine as seen in GTA, Red Dead, Max Payne and Backbreakers; Geomerics' 'Enlighten' global illumination lighting solution as seen in DICE's Frostbite 2 engine.

Discarding all forms of ranking, I just know that's one hell of a list if you ask me. It's certainly not one to be scoffed at by all means. :)
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X-Factor  +   1184d ago
Wow dogdirt. That is a great way to present the information. "Rich heritage" indeed.

GTA: created a new genre
Total War: vastly improved and combined two genres, RTS and TBS.
Forza Horizon: brand spanking new.
Crackdown: Not my cup of tea but a fav among pick-up and play
Fable: Again, incredible. fable 3 not so much. But part 2 brought my family together. Literally. We all played together.
Batman Arkham: Check the Google stats on how much this game is searched. It's literally and worldwide phenomenon.

Anyway, good comment dogdirt. Bubble Up...
Master of Unlocking  +   1184d ago
"Is UK Game Development The Best In The World?"

It may very well be with legendary developpers like Psygnosis, Bullfrog, Sony Liverpool, Media Molecule, Criterion, Rare, Evolution Studios, THQ, and many others that created fantastic games like Destruction Derby, GTA, Motorstorm, Wipeout, Burnout, LittleBigPlanet and plenty others, with a highlight on fast pick-up-&-play arcadey racers, and all the less famous games like Lomax, Little Big Adventure or the all-time classics like Populous.

But US Game developpers really come close, if not first, with famed houses like Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica Studios, ID Software, EA (for the better or worse. The better usually), Insomniac, Bethesda, Rockstar, Crystal Dynamics and many others that created some of the most amazing and enveloppe-pushing titles seen this gen like Uncharted, God of War III, TES IV Oblivion, Dead Space, Resistance, MAG, RDR, LA Noire and so on, without even taking into account great classics like Doom, Ratchet & Clank, or Jak & Daxter. Only one thing: US devs, a little less FPS please, and more sandbox games!

Really, this gen the only devs in the world that seem to have been completely unable to hop onto the next-gen train are the Japanese. With only a few exceptions like GT5, SSF IV, MGS4 and a couple other that rely more on concept or atmosphere like 3D dot game heroes or Demon's souls, the games that Japan has brought us this gen have been sub-par to say the least. Completely outdated visuals, clunky controls, lack of scale, poor online mode or no online modes at all, and a flurry of problems in the game mechanics department that only the twisted mind of the Japanese could come up with, have all made us regret that it was the PS3 which was finally blessed with region-free discs, an option few of us ever were tempted to use unfortunately.

It is also worth noting that, for one lost (Japan), we have gained many a country starting to explore the gaming industry, very successfully usually, like Finland with Trine, Sweden with Just cause, Germany with Crysis, Spain with Castlevania, France with Heavy rain, or Australia with Bioshock, but more than any of them, Canada, with blockbuster games like Assassin's creed or Mass Effect!

Some may argue that this gen has had its share of turmoils, with overpriced day one on-disc dlc, forced installs, digital-only exclusives, sub-hd games, lazy ports, exclusive deals with third party devs selling out, voucher codes to access the online features and once-loved series that lost their way ( Resident Evil, Castlevania), and that is all true, but overall it has been a great gen thanks to all those great devs who were willing to invest dozens of million dollars on risky IPs (no, I'm not refering to you Kotick-vision, go back into your, rather get inside that cupboard..that's right..yes, you made a lot of money, we know, now shut up)
hardandsloppy  +   1184d ago
I agree. Some valid points. However, don't look past some of the other great games from Japan, such as the Yakuza series.
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Hicken  +   1184d ago
I, think, if you look only at the best any country has to offer, you can make a case for virtually all of them. To be sure, the UK has some excellent developers, but let's not act like the top dev houses from other countries pale in comparison.

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