Is Insomniac The New Rare?

Anthony, the editor in chief over at XeNonX wrote an interesting article comparing developers Insomniac and Rare. In particular he focussed on the Ratchet & Clank and Banjo Kazooie franchises. In the article he talks about how Rare seem to have been influenced in their decision to make a new Banjo game because of Insomniac's growing success with the Ratchet franchise. The article does go in favour of Insomniac but he makes a well thought out, logical argument though many would see it as bias.

From The Article:
"The concept behind 'N&B' sounds quite cool actually, the idea of making your own vehicles allowing you to solve things within levels does intrigue me, but will it work? From all accounts it works well but has a rather steep learning curve. Something which Ratchet, for the most part, doesn't have. Surely platformers are there to cater for the masses? They are meant to appeal to kids and adults alike, something that Insomniac can pull off very successfully. It's simple and effective and keeps people playing for ages. I don't see the same thing happening with Banjo."

Read the full article over at XeNonX.

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HighDefinition3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

Their the new Bungie.

Either R2 or KZ2 is going to take the online FPS "Crown" this gen.

InMyOpinion3721d ago

In what way are they like Bungie if I may ask? The only resemblance I find is that they have both made FPS games. Other than that, nothing.

HighDefinition3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

Stepping it up a notch above everyone.

R2- In options and size

KZ2- Graphics and Intensity.

predator3721d ago

im sorry but R2 is definitly not taking the FPS crown

InMyOpinion3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

Well, not if you look at Resistance 1. It's nowhere near Halo in terms of sales, review scores, online activity, awards etc.

Resistance 2 might become a milestone in FPS gaming but that still remains to be seen, since it's not been released yet.

I personally feel that Killzone 2 has better conditions of becoming a big hit.

HighDefinition3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

Like I said R2 or KILLZONE2.

Who will it be? IYO, obviously.


I agree, Killzone2 has a better chance.


I don`t think that at all and I don`t HATE Halo, Halo1 was great.
Killzone2 and R2 are both far more appealing than Halo3, Halo3 was quite a bit of game and R2 "DWARFS" that ammount of content. As for Killzone2, It`s the graphical MARVEL so far, and I have seen one game that matches the intensity, from what I`ve seen obviously. If COD4 gave Halo3 problems, Killzone2 is going to...........

Omega43721d ago

As much as you likely hate Halo, Halo 3 is still the best online FPS shooter this gen and will likely keep that crown till Halo 4.

While R2 will be good and possibly K2, just by looking at their predecessors they have a LONG way to go before they can hold a candle to the Halo franchise

As for Insomniac being the new Rare i dont see how, just because both made platformer doesnt mean their are similar, but if Insomniac was bought by MS then they might be similar

Shane Kim3721d ago

Luckily, MS will never get their dirty hands on Insomniac. That would be just as bad as MS entering the console market.

FantasyStar3721d ago

Kinda out of character, don'cha think?

Rick Astley3721d ago

Lol Insomniac makes AAA games. Rare doesn't.

Beast_Master3721d ago

Rare has made 2 Games Of the Year, Donkey Kong Country and Golden eye, which Insomniac cannot say. But you are right, they have not made an AAA title really since the first Perfect Dark on N64. I heard that viva pinata (I never played it) did get some good scores but nothing like what Ratchet and Clank Future got.

Time_Is_On_My_Side3721d ago

You do know you're talking about a launch title and comparing it to Halo 3, which should be embarrassing in a way. You never hear anyone talking about Perfect Dark Zero taking over the First Person Shooter genre because it didn't make much of an impact. For the fact you used a launch title should tell you the quality of the exclusives that will be coming out this year and the next.

Man_of_the_year3721d ago

Well halo 1 was a launch title for the first xbox and is considered to be the best out of the 3 so son't be so quick to use the it was a launch title excuse...

InMyOpinion3721d ago

Tell that to HighDefinition. I'm not the one who said Insomniac is the new Bungie. You seem confused.

Lord_Ash3721d ago

Omega4: "As much as you likely hate Halo, Halo 3 is still the best online FPS shooter this gen and will likely keep that crown till Halo 4."

I don't know man, Call of Duty 4 is the most played online game on the Xbox 360 and the PS3 and it's almost a year old I think that makes it the best online FPS so far not Halo 3.

PimpHandStrong3721d ago

this gen wont be over for atleast 5more years

so yea

R2 and KZ2 might be the best of the best but im willing to bet someone will top them both b4 this "gen" is over

gaffyh3721d ago

@Omega4 - Halo is a complete hype game, it is not and IMO never was the best FPS ever. Half-Life was better in the previous Gen, and this gen it is clearly Call of Duty 4 (at the moment). Even Resistance 1 is better than Halo 3, and it is almost certain that the R2 and KZ2 will be better (judging by the gameplay videos of KZ2).

Fox013721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

Killzone 1 a.k.a "Halokillah" was an epic fail.
Resistance 1 was just an average FPS.
What makes you guys think that their sequels are going to be any better?
It's not like you've played them. Have you?

For the second, third time, the games aren't even out yet and you guys are already saying GOTY... GOTY...

HighDefinition3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )


Because Insomniac and GG seem to be progressing and Bungie seems to be regressing. Maybe I have played them or maybe my friends have. Either way.....

Some get better, Some get worse.


I agree, I`m just speaking for the time, more than the rest of these systems lifespans. MAG is another candiate.

robbo9183720d ago

@Fox01: Resistance 1 was not "just an average FPS", you are either a biased X360 fanboy (likely) or have never played the game. If you don't like it so be it but just because you deem it average does not make it so. I laugh when X360 fans want to tout Metacritic on a game when it works in their favor but abandon it like the Titantic or justify it away when it disagrees with them.

As to the GOTY comment, its nothing we haven't heard about Gears and Fable ad naseum so to each their own.

Insomniac is an amazing developer and a great company. They are better than Rare IMO, though they remind me at times of Rare when Rare was in its prime. Insomniac has been an incredible developer for a long period of time now. They have earned their stripes.

beoulve3720d ago

COD4 already beat HALO 3 by a lot.
The weapon feels and battle intensity are way over HALO 3.
I expect the same thing from KillZone 2. I played the multiplayer kiosk, feels very good but I still think COD4 is better.

bootsielon3720d ago

Bungie makes generic storylines for overhyped and overrated FPS games. Insomniac actually delivers. Bungie is known for Halo... Insomniac has made mostly awesome franchises including Ratchet and Clank, Spyro the Dragon and Resistance Fall of Man.

Only fanboys of halo or those that have only played Halo will defend it. Their only argument is "Halo has the best controls" which is really poor, considering most FPS have similar feel, what makes them is the AI, enemy and gun variety, level design, graphics and storyline, but whatever, let them enjoy their "good control".

The only Halo that I am dying to play is Halo Wars, but that isn't made by Bungie anyway. Ensemble Studios FTW, best RTS games ever.

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Le-mo3721d ago

Whether Insomniac is the new Rare or not, Sony should be damn proud they have Insomniac as a 2nd party developer.

GodsHand3721d ago

Yes they should.

And if they are the new Rare, atleast they don't take forever to release a game. Rare made some bad-a$s games, but they sure did take their time with them. But that is not a bad thing either.

Overr8ed3720d ago

Sony should suck IG pin Ballz. IG is so awesome that they shouldnt be labeled as the new Rare or Bungie, since IG are way better then both of them.

kevnb3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

first and only Insomniac.

TheHater3721d ago

I am glad I am not the only one that think like that. Insomniac is Insomniac, and Rare is Rare.

JimmyHACK3721d ago

They are as much of an "Icon" studio as Rare ever was

Beast_Master3721d ago

Rare is such a different company under MS than Nintendo. If you are comparing the old Rare to Insomniac than Rare would be the winner by far. But Insomniac to the Rare under MS then again no contest in favor of Insomniac.

I don't know if you folks can remember but Rare did Donkey Kong Country on the SNES which sold 14 million copies then they did Golden Eye which 1 in every 4 owners of the N64 owned a copy of, something like 15 million copies.

As much as I love Insomniac Ratchet and Clank have never sold over 2 million copies of one game and Resistance 1 was a launch title. Considering PS3 will have an install base of 20 mill by X-mas, R2 will have to sell 5+ million copies to really make the argument that it is a better studio than the old RARE.

calis3720d ago

I dunno if you meant Ratchet on PS3 or overall, but every Ratchet game on PS2 sold over 2 million

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josh143993721d ago

well i think for run and gun fps run and gun crown will go to resistance because i enjoyed resistance1 and ive bought halo3 six months ago and dont like it.

Kratos Spartan3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

Sorry. Thehater in the gamerzone already said what I said.