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Developers who have never made a bad game

Phediuk

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First off, let's limit this to those who have made at least 5 games. Also, make sure to post a list of what they've made, so we can confirm.

I submit Bungie to this thread:



They've been going 23 years and haven't produced a stinker yet, except for perhaps Operation Desert Storm, which was still decent by 1991 Mac standards. Oni is their lowest-rated game on Metacritic, at 73; everything else is above 80.

Another example would be Retro Studios. They have made Metroid Prime 1, 2, 3, Donkey Kong Country Returns 1 and 2. Lowest-rated game has 83 Metascore.

Who else?
 

DICKS AHOY

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Retro Studios.

I also wanna say Double Fine but I'm sure people will bring up Brutal Legend as a counter-point, even if I disagree with that.
 

DICKS AHOY

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Multiple teams were responsible for the mainline Marios, so im not sure how i would count EAD.

The Zelda team?
Why not EADTokyo then? They've only done Jungle Beat and every major 3D Mario Galaxy-onwards to the best of my knowledge, though I don't know if they count as a developer or more a particular team within a developer studio...
 

Denton

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Obsidian. Some games may have been a bit janky (which if fault of publishers, they are responsible for QA), but all of them have been good, great, or fantastic. Yes, Dungeon Siege 3 was good.
 

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I'd have agreed with IS in the past but their record is not as spotless as it used to be before Paper Mario Sticker Star (not all their fault though the game turned out how it turned out) and Game & Wario. These however:

Retro Studios.

I also wanna say Double Fine but I'm sure people will bring up Brutal Legend as a counter-point, even if I disagree with that.
I agree. Brutal Legend might have been disappointing to some but it's by no means a "bad" game.
 

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Outtrigger888

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Why not EADTokyo then? They've only done Jungle Beat and every major 3D Mario Galaxy-onwards to the best of my knowledge, though I don't know if they count as a developer or more a particular team within a developer studio...
Okay.

Im not knowledgeable on the subject. I know theres tokyo and kyoto. Didnt want to give false info.
 
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Ritual Entertainment (SiN series, Star Trek: Elite Force II, Quake: Scourge of Armagon). They never made the best FPSes, but their products were consistently interesting and well produced.
 

mutatedwombat

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Valve:
Alien Swarm PC July 19, 2010
Counter-Strike Xbox November 18, 2003
Counter-Strike PC November 10, 2000
Counter-Strike 1 Anthology PC September 13, 2005
Counter-Strike Online PC
Counter-Strike Online 2 PC
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero PC March 23, 2004
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Mac August 21, 2012
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive PC August 21, 2012
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive PS3 August 21, 2012
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Xbox 360 August 21, 2012
Counter-Strike: Source Mac June 23, 2010
Counter-Strike: Source PC October 7, 2004
Day of Defeat PC May 6, 2003
Day of Defeat: Source PC September 26, 2005
Deathmatch Classic PC Released
Dota 2 Mac July 9, 2013
Dota 2 PC July 9. 2013
Half-Life PC November 19, 1998
Half-Life Mac December 5, 1998
Half-Life Game of the Year Edition PC January 1, 1999
Half-Life 1 Anthology PC September 26, 2005
Half-Life 2 Game of the Year Edition PC September 12, 2005
Half-Life 2 Collector's Edition PC November 16, 2004
Half-Life 2 Xbox November 15, 2005
Half-Life 2 PC November 16, 2004
Half-Life 2 Mac May 26, 2010
Half-Life 2 Holiday 2006 Collection PC October 24, 2007
Half-Life 2 Survivor Arcade TBA
Half-Life 2: Black BoxPC Cancelled
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch PC October 30, 2006
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch Source PC Released
Half-Life 2: Episode One Mac May 26, 2010
Half-Life 2: Episode One PC June 1, 2006
Half-Life 2: Episode Pack PC April 8, 2008
Half-Life 2: Episode Three PC TBA
Half-Life 2: Episode Three [rumored] PS3 TBA
Half-Life 2: Episode Three [rumored] Xbox 360 TBA
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Mac May 26, 2010
Half-Life 2: Episode Two PC October 9, 2007
Half-Life 2: Lost CoastPC October 27, 2005
Half-Life 2: Platinum CollectionPC November 8, 2006
Half-Life 3PC TBA
Half-Life Generation Blue Shift EditionPC Released
Half-Life GenerationPC Released
Half-Life: Adrenaline PackPC 1996
Half-Life: Blue Shift: SourcePC TBA
Half-Life: Day One PC November, 1998
Half-Life: Initial Encounter PC Europe only
Half-Life: Opposing Force: Source PC TBA
Half-Life: Platinum Collection PC Released
Half-Life: Platinum Collection Second Edition PC 2002
Half-Life: Source PC November 16, 2004
Left 4 Dead Game of the Year Edition PC May 12, 2009
Left 4 Dead Game of the Year Edition Xbox 360 May 12, 2009
Left 4 Dead Xbox 360 November 17, 2008
Left 4 Dead PC November 17, 2008
Left 4 Dead Game of the Year Edition Mac October 5, 2010
Left 4 Dead -- Crash Course Xbox 360 September 29, 2009
Left 4 Dead -- Crash Course PC September 29, 2009
Left 4 Dead 2 Mac October 5, 2010
Left 4 Dead 2 Xbox 360 November 17, 2009
Left 4 Dead 2 PC November 17, 2009
Left 4 Dead 2 Linux TBA 2012
Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream Mac August 3, 2012
Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream PC August 3, 2012
Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream Xbox 360 August 3, 2012
Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing PC April 22, 2010
Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing Xbox 360 April 22, 2010
Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice PC October 5, 2010
Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice Xbox 360 October 5, 2010
Left 4 Dead: Survivors Arcade Import Only
Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice PC October 5, 2010
Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice Xbox 360 October 5, 2010
Portal PC October 9, 2007
Portal Mac May 6, 2010
Portal 2 PC April 19, 2011
Portal 2 Xbox 360 April 19, 2011
Portal 2 Mac April 19, 2011
Portal 2 PS3 April 19, 2011
Portal: Still Alive Xbox 360 October 22, 2008
Ricochet PC Released*
SiN Episodes: Emergence [rumored] PS3 TBA
SiN Episodes: Emergence [rumored] Xbox 360 TBA
Team Fortress 2 Mac June 10, 2010
Team Fortress 2 PC October 9, 2007
Team Fortress Classic PC May 30, 1999
Team Fortress: Source PC Cancelled
The Orange Box PS3 December 14, 2007
The Orange Box Xbox 360 October 9, 2007
The Orange Box PC October 9, 2007

*Possible exception
 

Shun

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I would say Clover Studio, but the Viewtiful Joe sequels happened.

I enjoyed all of Platinum Games' stuff, even Madworld which I was turned off by the gore and violence.

Nintendo EAD is pretty close with a few missteps, keeping in mind that games like Yoshi's New Island are Artoon developed.

You can't really answer this question because there will be someone who will shit on the game.
 

Musolf815

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I haven't played their first game, Rocket, but aside from that Sucker Punch hasn't made a game I didn't enjoy.
 

Outtrigger888

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Valve:
Alien Swarm PC July 19, 2010
Counter-Strike Xbox November 18, 2003
Counter-Strike PC November 10, 2000
Counter-Strike 1 Anthology PC September 13, 2005
Counter-Strike Online PC
Counter-Strike Online 2 PC
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero PC March 23, 2004
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Mac August 21, 2012
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive PC August 21, 2012
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive PS3 August 21, 2012
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Xbox 360 August 21, 2012
Counter-Strike: Source Mac June 23, 2010
Counter-Strike: Source PC October 7, 2004
Day of Defeat PC May 6, 2003
Day of Defeat: Source PC September 26, 2005
Deathmatch Classic PC Released
Dota 2 Mac July 9, 2013
Dota 2 PC July 9. 2013
Half-Life PC November 19, 1998
Half-Life Mac December 5, 1998
Half-Life Game of the Year Edition PC January 1, 1999
Half-Life 1 Anthology PC September 26, 2005
Half-Life 2 Game of the Year Edition PC September 12, 2005
Half-Life 2 Collector's Edition PC November 16, 2004
Half-Life 2 Xbox November 15, 2005
Half-Life 2 PC November 16, 2004
Half-Life 2 Mac May 26, 2010
Half-Life 2 Holiday 2006 Collection PC October 24, 2007
Half-Life 2 Survivor Arcade TBA
Half-Life 2: Black BoxPC Cancelled
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch PC October 30, 2006
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch Source PC Released
Half-Life 2: Episode One Mac May 26, 2010
Half-Life 2: Episode One PC June 1, 2006
Half-Life 2: Episode Pack PC April 8, 2008
Half-Life 2: Episode Three PC TBA
Half-Life 2: Episode Three [rumored] PS3 TBA
Half-Life 2: Episode Three [rumored] Xbox 360 TBA
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Mac May 26, 2010
Half-Life 2: Episode Two PC October 9, 2007
Half-Life 2: Lost CoastPC October 27, 2005
Half-Life 2: Platinum CollectionPC November 8, 2006
Half-Life 3PC TBA
Half-Life Generation Blue Shift EditionPC Released
Half-Life GenerationPC Released
Half-Life: Adrenaline PackPC 1996
Half-Life: Blue Shift: SourcePC TBA
Half-Life: Day One PC November, 1998
Half-Life: Initial Encounter PC Europe only
Half-Life: Opposing Force: Source PC TBA
Half-Life: Platinum Collection PC Released
Half-Life: Platinum Collection Second Edition PC 2002
Half-Life: Source PC November 16, 2004
Left 4 Dead Game of the Year Edition PC May 12, 2009
Left 4 Dead Game of the Year Edition Xbox 360 May 12, 2009
Left 4 Dead Xbox 360 November 17, 2008
Left 4 Dead PC November 17, 2008
Left 4 Dead Game of the Year Edition Mac October 5, 2010
Left 4 Dead -- Crash Course Xbox 360 September 29, 2009
Left 4 Dead -- Crash Course PC September 29, 2009
Left 4 Dead 2 Mac October 5, 2010
Left 4 Dead 2 Xbox 360 November 17, 2009
Left 4 Dead 2 PC November 17, 2009
Left 4 Dead 2 Linux TBA 2012
Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream Mac August 3, 2012
Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream PC August 3, 2012
Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream Xbox 360 August 3, 2012
Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing PC April 22, 2010
Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing Xbox 360 April 22, 2010
Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice PC October 5, 2010
Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice Xbox 360 October 5, 2010
Left 4 Dead: Survivors Arcade Import Only
Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice PC October 5, 2010
Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice Xbox 360 October 5, 2010
Portal PC October 9, 2007
Portal Mac May 6, 2010
Portal 2 PC April 19, 2011
Portal 2 Xbox 360 April 19, 2011
Portal 2 Mac April 19, 2011
Portal 2 PS3 April 19, 2011
Portal: Still Alive Xbox 360 October 22, 2008
Ricochet PC Released*
SiN Episodes: Emergence [rumored] PS3 TBA
SiN Episodes: Emergence [rumored] Xbox 360 TBA
Team Fortress 2 Mac June 10, 2010
Team Fortress 2 PC October 9, 2007
Team Fortress Classic PC May 30, 1999
Team Fortress: Source PC Cancelled
The Orange Box PS3 December 14, 2007
The Orange Box Xbox 360 October 9, 2007
The Orange Box PC October 9, 2007

*Possible exception
That looks like a lot of add-ons :p