B-TEN's Zach Waller reflects on a number of game developers and publishers that unfortunately shut their doors this past generation. THQ, Factor 5, and many more are featured.
A lot of these companies hurt to lose. Red Faction, Rogue Squadron, Monkey Island, etc all hurt to lose. Hopefully, they all get picked up.
I miss Ensemble
They say midway had nothing worthwhilre for the last decade. I spit on this article shit on it, roll it up and burn it. Then throw it back at whom ever wrote this. Midway created some of my favorite franchises. The Suffering to name just one by surreal software. Thank you good bye.
wow, I didnt know Big Huge Games and Vigil games and THQ exist no more, they created really great games.
It's sad that 38 studios is no more. Kingdoms of amalur is a really good game.
I disagree, thex world itself didn't entice me. However it showed some great potential for future work if they hadn't shut down.
The gameplay was freaking AWESOME!
Kingdoms of Amalur had a ton of side stuff to do, but little to do when it came to the main quest (which was okay at best). The combat was going in the right direction, but the difficulty could've been better. While i played through the game (twice, console and PC 100%) i kinda missed a sidekick. One of the main characters could've travelled with you, and they would comment on things you do together. That's a minor thing i guess, but i wish they could've improved on a sequel.
Lucasarts is gone because Lucas is stone cold crazy. He went off the deep end not too long after Ewoks made their appearance. After the appearance of Jar Jar...well, we all know what happened after that.
Nintendo should pick up Hudson, i missed the old-style mario party games. New ones aren't as fun
mario party 1,2 and 3 FTW
The first Mario Party was the most memorable. That game made my right hand blistered after so many attempts on a certain challenge in Mini Game Island mode (if I remembered the name correctly) when I was very young. Good times, err I mean bad times. My favorite game in the series is MP2 though. It really improved the formula in the first game.
These game companies will be missed
In a positive note, Atlus survived :)
Liverpool and Ensemble are the only ones I'll really miss.
Some of these were a huge blow to me. Gone but not forgotten.
LucasArts was definitely a blow to me, so much nostalgia when playing Rogue Squadron again after first receiving it for my birthday in Dec '98, miss me some good ol' LucasArts games.
I read in Game Informer about their downfall. People eventually knew they were in trouble before they closed down but some of the things that were said during their meetings between George Lucas and developers were utterly shocking. You would've thought Lucas was high on something. He helped tear down the house he built and it's a damn shame.
Well on the bright side there is a better chance now for new Star Wars games now than there was when LA was calling the shots. Fact is, LucasArts died a LONG time ago. What upsets me is that it was entirely preventable. They had a bulletproof license and wasted it. The best thing for Star Wars is "no George Lucas" and "no LucasArts". I have no love for EA but even they knew where the money was. They got control and BANG, Battlefront 3 announced. LucasArts never figured that out and instead tried to milk Force Unleashed which, unsurprisingly, failed. I am personally glad they're gone.
Lucasart (grim fandango) Ensemble studios age of empires Pandemic Studios( destroy all humans on the first xbox was a blast) Bizarre creations Zipper.. Hell all of them have a place in my heart, i grew up playing games from these studios and i had a great time with all of them. And this is why i hate the younger generation of gamers = COD because they buy the same game again instead of being real gamers and try everything!
Its so sad to see Big Huge Games, Vigil Games and THQ gone i really enjoyed their games and im also a HUGE fan of Warhammer 40K !!! Damn it :(
WESTWOOD studios. notable games. ummmm COMMAND AND CONQUER.
If you're interested in what some of the developers are doing, then check out the game called Grey Goo.
i agree. it is probably all EAs fault *facepalms*
no more GAUNTLET DARK LEGACY ???? miss playing that game.
Where the hell is Silicon Knights?!
basically all of them had one really bad game just before they shut down.
I hope this puts into perspective for gamers why third party exclusives are hard to come by. It's not about loyalty to companies. Jobs are at stake if they can't develop for the largest potential audience. It scares me to think the industry is hardly sustainable. I wish developers still made games for past consoles sometimes. At least development would be more affordable, rapid, and require less people. Teams were smaller and games were only $10 cheaper (or $10 more expensive if we're talking about N64). Either way, we may lose more developers this generation, but let's remain hopeful. EDIT: Though I would like to add that if the PS4 blows away XBOX One and Wii U this generation, developers could potentially save money in development costs by putting resources into one console. Then again, I'm not sure where Nintendo stands financially, but I would probably quit gaming if Nintendo bows out since they're the only true remnant of my childhood. Microsoft could buy back some exclusives, I'm sure, so maybe the industry would be sustainable if Sony and Nintendo are competing more directly. Hard to say, but a lot more thought would need to go into this than what I've suggested.
I really miss the old Zipper !! But thank God for David Sears and bringing back the classic SOCOM gameplay with H-Hour !!
Man I miss LucasArts, they made some of the most memorable games for me as a teen, especially being a huge Star Wards nerd. Rogue Squadron, I played the hell out of that long ago, in a galaxy far far away..
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