South African gaming, anime, comics enthusiast. Likes to one day start a youtube channel chronicling gaming in South Africa. Favorite game: Persona 4. Favorite Anime/Manga: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. Writes now and then about stupid, cool, interesting, controversial and down right random stuff.
Advocate for easier and swifter localisation of Video Games in EMEA (Europe, Middle Eastern & African) territories, and general advocate against the practice of region locking video games #noregionlock #antiregionlock
Student at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa , Majoring in English Studies and Social Anthropology.
Today we live in a very pessimistic culture with regards to gaming, especially with regards to the companies that develop/publish the games that we love and love to hate. This is the first blog that I'm writing for Destructoid, so I thought "Hey why not throw myself in the deep end and talk about my favorite gaming companies". So here they are my top 5! (English is my second language, so forgive me if I have some grammar/spelling mistakes. PLEASE UNDERSTAND).
EDIT: For some reason the images I wanted to add aren't showing up…so this post will be text only at the moment
5. Tecmo Koei
Tecmo Koei is the developers/publishers of the awesome Warriors (Dynasty, Samurai, Gundam and Orochi) f and the equally awesome Dead or Alive franchises. They practically reinvented the beat-em up with the warriors franchise and provided a faster more streamlined fighting game that rivals Virtua Fighter as a true fighting simulator. Also, Virtual Boobies that would put classic Lara Croft to shame.
Developers of the .Hack series of JRPG’s and now famously known for The Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm games, Asuras Wrath and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle. CyberConnect has proven that it is possible to blur the lines between anime and gaming. With an awesome knowledge of their source material CyberConnect 2 knows what the fans want and deliver in spades.
3. NIS America
Nippon Ichi is the developer of the amazing Disgaea series of games. They are also responsible for the best rougelike ever made (“Zettai Hero Project: The Unlosing Ranger vs Darkdeath Evilman”). The also handle the European localisation of a lot of ATLUS games (Because ATLUS can’t find Europe on a map even if they had it pointed out to them). So yeah, they’re awesome and they have the best mascot ever. The Prinny!
2. Namco Bandai
What do you get when you combine the company the brought us Tekken, Soul Calibur and the Tales franchise with one of the best toy companies ever? The answer is simple: The publisher of CyberConnect 2 games (Excluding Asura’s Wrath). Also publishes everybody’s favorite game Dark Souls and Tekken Revolution is actually a great free to
play game…who would have thought!
I’m probably going to have to dedicate an entire blog post on this subject alone. Let’s just say this company and its games have helped me through some of the toughest times ever. Rival Schools, Street Fighter, Megaman the list goes on. Capcom has had a lot of slips, but I continue to support them, because the thought of them not existing is like the thought of Nintendo not existing.