I imagine this thread will provide companies like Rockstar and Valve with a lot of love (deservedly so) while Activision will no doubt have their name dragged through the mud (or Kotick at least!). |
As things stand, My favourite publisher at the moment is EA. Since they have brought John Riccitiello and Peter Moore on board there has been a steady increase in quality. Their investment in developers like Bioware, Criterion, Harmonix, Visceral and DICE has paid off big time and they've impressed me no end in recent years.
When it comes to developers, Criterion have stood out for their excellent support of Burnout Paradise and their recent NFS effort, but my vote goes to Gearbox purely because of Borderlands. They managed to create something fresh and exciting at a time when the FPS genre was a bit stale. The fact that they've picked up the new Duke Nukem and (hopefully) have Aliens : Colonial Marines on the agenda makes them a very exciting developer in my eyes.
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