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    Are there good gaming companies anymore?

    Just last year, everyone was saying we still have CD Projekt Red as the “good guys” of gaming... then Cyberpunk came out.

    Are there ANY good game companies anymore? Square Enix?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AryuFate View Post
    Just last year, everyone was saying we still have CD Projekt Red as the “good guys” of gaming... then Cyberpunk came out.

    Are there ANY good game companies anymore? Square Enix?
    Square Enix are decent, though they have their own share of problems. Dissidia NT was bare bones and had to be retired early. FFXIV doesn't get as much funding as it deserves to match its success. The Avengers game was a major financial loss and a flop. FFVIIR was pretty good, but it still took liberties with the original plot and changes some plot points in a way that reeks of the ethics committee meddling. Which, in itself, is an issue - since the whole idea of an 'ethics committee' seems a bit dubious.

    With all that said, they're still far above a lot of other companies but we're at the point where I expect some measure of screw up with pretty much every company.

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    Sure, but they are small and don't catch your attention. Supergiant Games made Bastion and Hades yet all we see is people like you thinking about their dear big companies who are their childhood friends or something.

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    If you look outside the AAA company's ya.

    THQ nordic is decent, Then you got SuperGiantGames and Platinum Games along with many others. As for AAA company's really the only decent ones is Sony, Nintendo, Square Enix and Capcom.
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    Nihon Falcom, the producers of the Trails series. They've been putting out a 60+ hour long epic JRPG every year for the past decade now, and the quality of their games is very high. They are arguably the best JRPG developer today.

    There is also Stoic Studio, the developers of the Banner Saga. They have not yet announced their next game, but I am looking forward to it.

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    I would also like to give a shoutout to Aurogon, the developers of the Chinese Paladin and the Gujian series, which is to my knowledge the biggest singleplayer RPG series in China. You can read their long history here. I hope that more effort is invested into the localizations of their games and the presentation of their games. It looks like there is some good stuff in their games, but when I played Gujian 3 I found that the localization was lacking, and that the game itself to be really rough around the edges. Still better than most Western AAA games from within the last 10-15 years, IMO.
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    there are plenty of good gaming companies, just requires gamers to have a realistic standard. If your looking for a perfect gaming company then you first have to find perfect gamers to pair them with.

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    id software.

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    I mean.....Supergiant? Could be recency bias, but Hades is incredible and I was immediately hooked by Bastion as well. So 2 great games right there. Pyre is good, but I won't end up sinking the hours in to it as I have the others.

    Small sample size maybe and I certainly can't speak to their company culture, so it's possible I shouldn't be commenting here. But if you're looking for insanely fun games with incredible writing and sound/music design then yea.....Supergiant! (is a good gaming company)

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    id software.
    This too..
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    I still respect CD Projekt Red (as long as they continue to fix Cyberpunk) and Nintendo.

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    They're all good until they get too big and the greed begins to overshadow the passion.

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    If its making big budget games and has shareholders to please assume the worst every time. Thats a pretty solid 100% track record nowadays to judge on.
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    After CDPR recent fuckup with very known game... i trust probably only Larian Studios.
    Hopefully BG3 won't change that since i got huge hopes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AryuFate View Post
    Just last year, everyone was saying we still have CD Projekt Red as the “good guys” of gaming... then Cyberpunk came out.

    Are there ANY good game companies anymore? Square Enix?
    What is a "good" company? Do you need to see their ethics before you buy their games? Isn't a "good game" enough for you these days?

    There must be good games out there still? Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dope_danny View Post
    If its making big budget games and has shareholders to please assume the worst every time. Thats a pretty solid 100% track record nowadays to judge on.
    Exactly this. Shareholders are only concerned with return on investment, and that motive often doesn't align with delivering a quality product.

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    Atlus is going pretty strong lately..worst crime so far is Persona 5 Royal being a $60 remake with hella expensive DLC. But the DLC is very optional so who cares and hopefully the rumors are true that they are releasing most of their library on steam soon...

    Arc has been AMAZING with fighting games lately. Dragonball Fighterz is one of the more balanced games in the genre right now and the dev blog for Guilty Gear ..so far shows they have been listening very carefully to player feedback and has been giving good reasonings on why they might say no to things...very excited.

    Someone already said Supergiant and no complaints here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigma77 View Post
    They're all good until they get too big and the greed begins to overshadow the passion.
    IMHO Pretty much every company is what random forum goers understand as "greedy".

    Take this moral compass into your daily life to only buy products from "good" companies and you are starved, homeless and dead within a year.

    But I am always ready to be persuaded, how people here live their ethics that they hold game companies to in their daily life. How they don't own anything from Apple, Microsoft, never order from Amazon etc etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by det View Post
    IMHO Pretty much every company is what random forum goers understand as "greedy".

    Take this moral compass into your daily life to only buy products from "good" companies and you are starved, homeless and dead within a year.

    But I am always ready to be persuaded, how people here live their ethics that they hold game companies to in their daily life. How they don't own anything from Apple, Microsoft, never order from Amazon etc etc...

    Well yeah..I mean I still LOVE capcom..yeah I'm upset they pretty much retired Megaman, are unlikely to do another Darkstalkers or Breath of Fire, and then tease me with making characters from those games into Street Fighter costumes...but I still love Capcom

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    Quote Originally Posted by AryuFate View Post
    Just last year, everyone was saying we still have CD Projekt Red as the “good guys” of gaming... then Cyberpunk came out.
    Also not gonna lie..ya'll kinda set yourself up for disappointment with CDPR

    They have a library of only a handful of games of which 2 were like amazing successes and 1 of those is the equivalent of releasing Triple Triad as a standalone game. The rest were pretty mediocre, a hand in Saints Row 2, and Cyberpunk.

    Also a bad game =/= bad company. With my example of Capcom before they released some GARBO often.. DMC2 and Every Megaman X game past 4 come to mind but for the most part has a great track record.

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