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Reputations are earned sometimes over a long string of releases but sometimes it just takes one game to dramatically improve or tarnish that reputation.

 

One example is Uncharted 2 for Naughty Dog. Uncharted was a surprise hit. Crash and Jak series did well but it wasn't until Uncharted 2 became of one the highest rated games ever and swept GOTY awards that people started calling them Naughty Gods and realized they were one of Sony's best assets.

Another example is Demon Souls. From Software were barely know for Armored Core games. Enchanted Arms sucked. Boom Demon Souls was a surprise hit. They changed one word to create a new IP they could release on multiple platforms and their series are still going strong

 

A negative example would be Lair for Factor 5. Beginning of their downfall.

Last edited by Signalstar - on 02 July 2018

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Haze, for Free Radical, in the negative sense. A terrible game from a studio that had turned in some of the best shooters of the 6th gen.



Too Human was a disaster for Silicon Knights, and that along with X-Men: Destiny killed them altogether.



I don't agree with your ND example... you said yourself they have been making their reputation since Crash, so it wasn't a single hit that made they famous...
You could say it about Minecraft and PUBG though.

Or even Bungie that with Halo jumped from 0 to 100 straight.



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Team Sonic's reputation was not in its better days, but after 06 it sank to the bottom of the ocean, and hasn't recovered since.



You know it deserves the GOTY.

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Souls (specifically Dark Souls) put FromSoftware on everyone else's map and marked a string of high quality AAA titles with cult fanbases.



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Uncharted 2 for Naughty Dog
Horizon for Guerrilla Games
The Witcher 3 for CD Projekt Red



Azuren said:

Souls (specifically Dark Souls) put FromSoftware on everyone else's map and marked a string of high quality AAA titles with cult fanbases.

True. Demons Souls completely changed FS's rep. They just reached a new fanbase and created a cult following. 



VGPolyglot said:
Too Human was a disaster for Silicon Knights, and that along with X-Men: Destiny killed them altogether.

Did they really have a reputation beforehand though? I know they ceased to exist after, but they weren't exactly a well liked/known developer anyway, were they?



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