Simply put, is Ubisoft the best publisher on the planet right now or the one to be most excited for? Before you call shenanigans take a look.
i believe EA is the better publisher/they release a better variety of games.
I'm not disagreeing with the variety of games part; however, I find no possible way EA should even be considered a "good" when they're the main proponents behind Online Passes, Nickel and Diming schemes to casual games (like Tetris), Bad PR to EXPIRED Online Pass Codes, shutting down dozens of their servers almost every year, and the list goes on and on. Fans should be outraged at their initial support for SOPA (their stance has changed since then) as well.
Ubisoft is doing the same thing like online passes now. So you really can't down EA if Ubisoft is doing the same thing. And Sadly i think we will be seeing a lot more of this crap.
And not to mention horrible online servers and shovelware, plus DLC whores with games like Dragon age and Mass Effect. Best publishers right now are Take-Two, Nintendo, Activision, and say what you want but Square Enix too.
@StolenSoul That logic doesn't really work. While Ubisoft is doing the same online pass ordeal, it's because EA was the first to show it was something they could exploit and they have shareholders to please. It would be the same if PSN and Ninty's online services had subscription like XBL. Blame would be constantly thrown at MS because of discovering a new avenue to make more money.
Like EA or not for their practices, It's hard to live without an EA published game.
Which is why I said "I'm not disagreeing with the variety of games part;..." What I'm speculating is quality of a publisher shouldn't be so narrowly focused on the games. Can't we argue that "most ethical" should go into this determination as well?
I wouldn't judge them on future releases, you need to judge them on past releases if anything.
Ubisoft is 10 times worse than EA. their pretty much the worst publisher out there with their always online DRM on nearly every game.I would never even consider purchasing one of their products.
I think the best publisher is currently SCEA.
" EA is the better publisher/they release a better variety of games" Then run them into the ground with horrible support and terrible proprietary services.
No Way! Not even close!!Love or Hate them but EA is dominating. 1. EA 2. Activision/Blizzard 3. Rockstar Games 4. Steamworks 5. Nintendo 6. Sony 7. Ubisoft 8. NCSoft 9. Nexon 10. THQ Quickly thinking this is the order that comes to mind. For those who may not know NCSoft and Nexon publish so many GLOBAL MMO's such as Vindictus, Dragon Nest, and the God AWESOME Guild Wars 2!
Im sorry agree with most but Ubisoft is above Sony.
Ubisoft really hates PC gamers...and it's hard for me to say they publish good games when they blatantly make it known that one of my beloved platforms is hated in their eyesight. I put THQ above Ubisoft, at least they don't DRM us to death and they at least don't smacktalk to their potential consumers EDIT: I also think Rockstar is above Acti/EA just because they aren't evil like the other two.
@dazreah Reason? If that's your opinion cool, but why would that be a fact in your opinion?
You make some good points Rememberthe357 Plus, I like Ubisoft's Uplay rewards system. That's how all trophies and achievements should be imo. That puts them up on my list.
Activision? Yeah Right! Your list is already void.
He said Activision/Blizzard. They have more than one game on the market, and Blizzard is synonymous with quality. I agree with EA as well since they own Bioware now. And SWTOR is AMAZING. All I am playing right now.
I'd say: 1. Take-Two(Rockstar, 2K) 2. Ubisoft (they're not perfect but they understand the importance of quality) 3. Sony (PSN pass drops them on my list, but I've loved every game they've put out for years, except for Socom) 4. EA (They seem to at least be trying to court the hardcore and more niche crowds and I can respect that. Plus, they have DICE) 5. Microsoft (they have fallen from my grace with their Kinect push they have been pretty consistent in my eyes) 6. Nintendo (They never seem to let their franchises falter and even though I've love to see new IPs from them they make quality games) 7. Square-Enix (Deus Ex was dope lol) 8. Konami (Metal Gear, and thats about it) 9. Sega (Platinum has been delivering some good stuff for them, everything else is "eh" at best) 10. THQ (In their search for a flagship franchise they have ruined Red Faction and gave us Homefront, but they also gave us Darksiders, and Warhammer)
I'd say thats a pretty good list. I also like that you mentioned MS. I wish they would concentrate more on games like Sony, cause when it comes to pushing a product noone does it better! Regardless I have to go with my top 5 as; 1. EA 2. Ubisoft 3. Sony 4. Take-Two 5. Nintendo I put EA and Ubisoft over Sony cause they cater to a wider audience, but Sony in my humble unbiased opinion is the best right now. They publish hit after hit. Anyway, people Happy New Year and Game Strong!! lol
Having good games doesn't make you a good publisher
Don't know about best publisher, although I am really looking forward to getting my hand on the new Rainbow Six game. I am wondering if Ubi will integrate Kinect voice and/or gesture commands, similar to how the old Xbox worked rather well with such voice commands with a headset.
Not sure who I would say is THE best as that's a tough call. Ubisoft are up there with the best of them in terms of the game series they have published except the crap Kinect games.
the best is the best
All of them suck with DLC and not finishing completed games 90% of the time, and even if they are making you buy extras that if included would cost 75% less. I'd rather pay $75 with no DLC than $60 and know DLC is coming at a later date, because it's so overpriced and blown out of proportion.
Yes thet are and they're more employee friendly than Activision and EA.
Eh, personally I'd be more inclined to throw my lot in with maybe Atlus or Konami, though I'm not sure I'm attached to any publisher enough to call them The Best. Atlus' handling of Demon's Souls has been fantastic, and their localization work is always top-notch. Konami has some cool projects in the works, some of which I'm desperately hoping get localized. When it comes to Ubisoft, I'm just not particularly interested in most of their franchises, and they have tons of DRM issues in their history. There's just nothing about them that I really find myself really liking.
For shovelware? Then yes.
Nope Bethesda and 2K
Why Bethesda? They are an average game company they may have one great series and Fallout 3 but all their other games get bad scores and are not well received and their games are always buggy. Their bad games weigh down the good ones A few good games out of a bunch of bad ones don't make a company good, thus goes for every company.
You speak truth. Rockstar is the best, hands-down. Their DLC ain't overpriced and you get a whole, whole, whole lot out of it. Their games are timeless and they always step out of the box. Yep, it's Rockstar for me.
They make really good games but people seem to forget the mountains of trash they released on the Wii. That brings their average way down.
no, theyve ruined so many franchises in the last few years and dont even get me started on a pc gamers perspective.
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Sorry, is this a joke? Crippling DRM and outright taking a shit on potential customers on the PC platform by giving us some gimped version of GR:FS that has NO single player component and blaming it on piracy? Yea Ubisoft can suck an asshole
LMFAO, NO! worst servers this side of zipper!
Are you talking about 256 players with no lag Zipper? Haha
Nope, he's talking about his left nut.
not a chance, for every good game they make, they make about 10 shovel ware games for various consoles
Publishers are all bad, just some more than others. Choosing a favourite is like choosing rotten fruit from a bowl of rotten fruit.
is this article a troll post ? ubisoft is one of the worst developers out there. most of their games suck or have no replay value. then you have developers such as Naughty dog, Sucker Punch and Valve. seriously this is a troll post.
no the worst one would probally be ZOO studios, they crap shovelware
Yeah but this is about publishers not developers.
I don't see how we could possibly tell who the best publisher of games is, since we know nothing about publishing, but I guess what you mean, is "Does ubisoft publish the best games?" then I'm gonna say no.
They suck just as bad as EA and Activision/Blizzard.
It's such a shame that Blizzard, one of the best(if not the best) in the PC gaming industry, is part of Activision.
a few times i downloaded some demo from psn, from EA the game was always trying to make me accept the eula, when i just wanted to play the singleplayer, not online. once, i started reading EA eula, and there was things that scared, like they have the right to pick my data used for my payments in psn, like visa data, and give it to 3rd party, etc. i don't remember how it was written, exactly, but i remember it scared me, and i canceled and didn't accept the eula. please, take 5 minutes to read their eula, just like me, you'll be scared, i promise you all
They wont do anything if they do their screwed
only Ghost recon and rainbow six are any good so Not really
Is..............this a joke? Ubisoft & Activision are tying for most hated publisher at the moment. EA surprisingly lost that honour but is looking like a strong contender with origin!
right now, i'm playing arkham city, and yesterday, when i started playing the game, i had to insert my code, to be able to play with catwoman... i guess in 2 years, 80% of boxed games will have an online pass, even if you don't play online, just for sending and seeing other people scores. what a shame...
A simple NO
Steamworks by far are the most generous out of them all....EA has the biggest and some of the best multiplatform games, Sony for their exclusives, I like Square Enix a lot to for their franchises too.
no one thinks warner brothers is a really good publisher? They hrlp put out mortal kombat 9 and the new batman game along with lolipop chainsaw next year
Atlus for Demon's Souls!
LOL NO Nintendo is the best publisher on the planet every year.
Nintendo practically carries a console by themselves. There are definitely the best Publishers.
I think I have to agree with the people that say ATLUS. You'd have to go back quite a ways to find a crap game ATLUS has published; even the games that are lost in the mire- like Operation Darkness on the 360- are at least unique titles worthy of play.
are you serious? You only have to go back 3 weeks to find an atlus game that bombed. There hack and slash mid-evil game bombed completely. For the past 2 years theyve had nothing but bombing publishing choices which is why most of there fans are gone and they are in deep red
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....ya ok, to me they are one of the worst ones. Rehashed games with no substance, atrocious drm for their pc games as well as shitty service. Valve, cd projekt, dice ftw
i think square-enix are doing much better since they bought eidos, but ubisoft as the best publisher hmm no they are definitely up there but not the best. I'd go with E.A and Take Two then ubisoft.
i will have to go with take-two and valve. ubi games are good but not a lot of variety as EA and their attitude towards PC gamers is very bad. Take-two do a good job of letting the devs take their time to release a product.
I know some people don't like square right now but they aregood publishers. They've published all of the eidos games which are very successful and all of their own games along with cal of duty in japan. They publish a lot of games.
1. EA 2. Activision/Blizzard 3. Rockstar Games 4. Steamworks 5. Nintendo 6. Sony 7. Square Enix 8. NCSoft 9. Nexon 10. Ubisoft Please tell me how can you put Ubisoft over Sony or Nintendo? Ubisoft has Assassins Creeds, Tom Clancy, and a handful of other OK titles. Nevermind all the PS3 exclusives even though those titels crush Ubisoft but Sony also has Star Wars Galaxies, Everquest, DC Universe, and Planetside. Nintendo: some of the greatest games ever only reason they are low on the list cause they are exclusives. Now that i really think about it Square Enix is better than Ubisoft! and for those who have no clue who Nexon and NCsoft are they are two publishers who have many high rated MMO's that are played GLOBALLY raking in Billions yearly.
I took a look. I call shenanigans.
Wasn't there an article a couple of weeks ago with a Top 10 list of major gaming studios/publishers and their earnings for 2011? The one with Ubisoft sitting at the last spot and acquiring only 1 billion dollars in revenue while the other guys have tens and hundreds of billions? Here we have an article talking about Ubisoft besting those guys. Ubisoft? Who is last in the revenue list...