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Mr_No said:
Naughty Dog due to Uncharted 2
Rockstar Games by Grand Theft Auto III
Insomniac Games because of Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
Infinity Ward thanks to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Ubisoft caused by Assassin's Creed II

I generally agree with most of your list. But i disagree that Insomniac's rise was with A Crack in Time. The series was just as good in the PS2 era and R&C3 is as good as any of the other games.

 

I also disagree with Ubisoft. I think you do them a disservice considering the Prince of Persia series is highly regarded.

 

OT, i would argue Square Enix  lost their way after FF11/FF12. 

Also Gran Turismo imo doesnt seem to have hit the highs after the PS2 games. 

Also Sucker raised their game with Infamous (though maybe not at the very top tier of devs) 

Media Molecule with LBP. 



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What about Nintendo with Donkey Kong?



Dungeon Keeper 2 - to worse
Doom3 - to worse
Dark Souls 2 - to worse
Final Fantasy 13 - to worse

Nioh - to better
Nier Auto - to better
Shadow Warrior 2 - to better
Dying Light - to better



I’d say Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival absolutely killed Nintendo’s reputation for a couple years. Up until then, they were seen as a great developer who were just going through a rough period. After that game, though, they seemed more like irrelevant has-beens who were starting to milk whatever fans were still left. This game killed any illusion that the Wii U could be saved, and exposed Amiibo for being the cash grab that they were. Even now, I’m still VERY cautious with them.



The most dramatic change in reputation I think is from Ninja Theory after Dmc, and then Ninja Theory after Hellblade ...



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Rockstar with GTA3, Santa Monica with GOW and 989 with Syphon Filter comes to mind



Here are some games that helped the small time operations go big and get lots of attention.

Pong for Atari
Space Invaders for Taito
Galaxian for Namco
Donkey Kong for Nintendo
Pitfall for Activision
Dr. J vs Larry Bird for EA
Castlevania for Konami
Mega Man 2 for Capcom
Dragon Warrior (Quest) for Enix
Final Fantasy for Square
Adventure Island/Monster Boy for Hudson
Sonic the Hedgehog for Sega
Sim City for WIll Wright
Civilization for Sid Meier
Day of the Tentacle for LucasArts
Warcraft 2 for Blizzard
Donkey Kong Country for Rare
Tomb Raider for Eidos
Crash Bandicoot for Naughty Dog
Pokemon for Gamefreak
GTA3 for Rockstar
Shadow of the Colossus for Team ICO
Bejeweled for Popcap
Bungie for Halo
Infamous for Sucker Punch
Dark Souls for From Software
Minecraft for Mojang
Undertale for Toby Fox



Mr_No said:
Naughty Dog due to Uncharted 2
Rockstar Games by Grand Theft Auto III
Insomniac Games because of Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
Infinity Ward thanks to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Ubisoft caused by Assassin's Creed II

What? Insomniac had a huge hit with spyro and they had a great rep due to it. 



Zach808 said:
I’d say Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival absolutely killed Nintendo’s reputation for a couple years. Up until then, they were seen as a great developer who were just going through a rough period. After that game, though, they seemed more like irrelevant has-beens who were starting to milk whatever fans were still left. This game killed any illusion that the Wii U could be saved, and exposed Amiibo for being the cash grab that they were. Even now, I’m still VERY cautious with them.

I wouldn't go that far. There was some disappointment at the announcement of AC: Amiibo festival, but around the time it actually came out, Nintendo had Splatoon and Super Mario Maker going for it, which were pretty huge considering the size of the console base they were on. I'm not an AC fan so I didn't personally care as long as the other stuff came out. The Wii U as a whole was a big stumble for Nintendo, despite having some good games on it. :(

I'd honestly forgotten about Amiibo Festival, LOL.



lol I think people forget that Crash was a Playstation mascot waaaaay before Nathan Drake