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Best Games To Come Out Of The United Kingdom

United Kingdom is renowned for many things! Fish n Chips, soccer and the Beatles but what most of us avid gamers don’t know is that it’s also home to some very talented game developers. Surprised? “I was under the assumption that most game developers are from Japan or USA” is the typical response that comes to mind. So the objective of this article would be to jot down the best games to come out of United Kingdom while also taking into consideration their developers. Here we go!

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tigertron1405d ago

Soccer? no, football.

I'd say the best games from the UK were the GTA and Tomb Raider games.

fermcr1405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )

There are other studios from UK worth mentioning like Rocksteady Studios, Codemasters, Creative Assembly, Criterion Games, Eidos Interactive, Evolution Studios, Rare (Hummmm !!!), Sports Interactive (FM franchise), Team17, Rockstar have 4 studios in UK (Rockstar Leeds, Rockstar Lincoln, Rockstar London, Rockstar North)... among others.

HarryMasonHerpderp1405d ago

Yeah this list needs the original Tomb Raider games in, after all, Lara Croft is one of the most famous videogame icons of all time.

Eyeco1405d ago

What about Rare games, forget the Xbox garbage [email protected] ton era, thats not Rare, i'm talking about the NES,SNES,N64 era games like Battletoads, DKC 1,2,3, Killer Instinct, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Diddy Kong Racing

ATi_Elite1405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )

Errr for me it's the former Soviet Union and former Communist Bloc!

4A Games, Ukraine: Metro series

CD Projekt Red, Poland: The Witcher series

GSC Game World, Ukraine: STALKER series

Bohemia Interactive, Czech Republic: Arma series, DayZ, Take On helicopters

Vostok Games, Ukraine: Survarium

Egosoft, Germany: X-Series

Ubisoft Blue Byte and Related Designs, Germany: Anno Series

Eve Online, Iceland: Eve Online

Crytek, Germany: Farcry 1 Crysis 1 and Warface

The fall of the CCCP lead to some great game Devs!

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TekoIie1405d ago

I think Rocksteady deserves a mention here!

The Batman: Arkham games are awesome!!!

bubblebeam1405d ago

Agreed.

I had no idea there were so many talented developers and studios situated in the UK before this read. Amazing.

In Australia, we don't really have much going on here. Mostly due to the fact that our government are very backwards, and we don't even have an adult rating for games. They only recently realised that the games industry is worth more than the movie industry (SHOCK! Horror!), so it is more of a real issue now.

People from the UK should feel some sense of pride after reading this.

Picnic1405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )

Bubblebeam, I've always been proud of Britain for gaming since about the age of 5 when I played Manic Miner on my ZX Spectrum 48k.
Unfortunately, the story of Matthew Smith who came up with the game (and Jet Set Willy) is kind of emblematic of the 'Who cares? It's just a young geek who's made a new kind of toy' attitude British government, the media and lots of the public had to these entertainment pioneers. It's easy to make the romantic comparison that he became like the Syd Barrett (of Pink Floyd) of gaming and disappeared off the radar.
Later on in the early 90s, when gaming could depict more realistic situations such as Cannon Fodder, the media demonised the game for
using the perfectly elegant use of the poppy on its game sleeve and for daring to depict the impersonal destruction of young men in their prime. This has set a template ever since for looking for the next thing to either overattack (or overpraise). So the media makes no reference to charming games like Banjo Kazooie and instead chooses only to mention Grand Theft Auto so that it can fulfil its aim of painting gaming as a den on iniquity to take its troubled viewers minds away from some of the real vices in this world that are harming them and that they have brought upon themselves.

In everything except perhaps survival horror, British studios have significantly contributed to worldwide gaming. Sadly not so much, at least in recent years (although there was the likes of Adventure Soft's Simon the sorcerer back in the late 90s), in one of my favourite genres, adventure gaming. American studios have tended to cover that best with Lucasarts and now Telltale Games. Howeever, at some periods it's seem tied between the British and the Japanese as to who has contributed more. This is in no small part due to Rare - and later (although I still say to a lesser extent) Rockstar.

However I know that there are some Scandinvaian countries who have made some very distinctive games in recent years e.g. the first 2 Max Payne games (Remedy) and Mirror's Edge (EA Digital Illusions CE).

There will be more universities than ever offering courses in making videogames. But at heart it's still just a guy (usually) with a dream who makes it happen. Hopefully that Monty Python-like spirit that has sometimes been evident in British gaming may continue in some form.

Sizzon1405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )

Media Molecule did a great job on the LBP games.

andrew221405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )

I thought LA Noire was Team Bondi (Australia) and GTA was Rockstar North? :\

Edit : Just had a thought (yes, it hurt), perhaps the PSP GTA's were R* Leeds.

deep_fried_bum_cake1405d ago

The PSP GTA's were R* Leeds along with R* North. I find it odd that this would mention Leeds rather than North considering that North are the main developers for GTA as a whole.

SecretPsycho1405d ago

Might be wrong but wipeout was from Uk wasn't it?

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