Britain has a proud video game heritage and as a result boasts some of the finest gaming development studios in all the world. The chances of you having played, owned and loved a British made game are high and if you’re not sure then we here at the Buzz would like you to ask of yourself one of the following questions:
Have you ever entered a world of assassination, fought with a Bear atop a mountain or indulged in the fantasy of becoming a mechanically augmented god among men (even if you never asked for it?): If so you’ve definitely played one of Eidos‘ games. An Industry leader and world renowned studio, Eidos – although having been acquired by Japanese development giants Square Enix – still retains it’s British roots. So much so that the founder of the company (and Games Workshop) Ian Livingstone was promoted to the position of Life President by the Japanese firm, this obviously being reflective of their respect for both the man and the company.
Just a quick question, wanna’ conquer the world? Yes? Fantastic, then you should definitely be playing Creative Assembly‘s games. If there’s a game attached to the appellation of Total War, chances are these guys and girls created it. Their genre defining RTS pedigree has seen the studio not only raise the bar of what is possible in the realms of top down strategy titles for well over 15 years, but exceed it with every iteration of their beloved franchise. If your thinking the studio is just a one trick pony, only capable of churning out successive re-skins of the same content yearly then think again, as it was this very same developer that crafted the frightfully immersive sci-fi horror title Alien: Isolation back in 2014. Still not playing CA’s games yet? That’s what we thought…
Ever had a need for speed (we’re talking about an object’s magnitude of velocity and not methamphetamine), a burning desire to rob banks and engage in high speed cop chases or simply, I dunno, PILOT AN X-WING THROUGH AN ASTEROID FIELD!? If you answered yes to the first two questions then you have a promising criminal career ahead of you (and I’ll contact you privately concerning a score I’ve got lined up). If however you answered yes to all three then you’ve played at least one of Criterion Games‘… erm, games. Criterion’s desire to deliver high octane, pulse pounding experiences have seen them raise the bar with every iteration of their much beloved racing IPs. The studios talents aren’t bound to just motor vehicles, oh no, the companies latest project sees them teaming up with gaming monoliths EA to create a virtual reality expansion for their Star Wars: Battlefront property, set for release this December.
Wanna’ be a space marine tasked with defending humanity from a tyrannical alien threat? How about braving a science fiction/ fantasy frontier in which you hunt mechanical dinosaurs in order to ensure the survival of your tribe? If you’re looking at either of these questions and feeling a slight pang of familiarity then worry not, it simply means that you’re already well versed in the works of Guerrilla Games. Good for you! A Sony stalwart and veteran development studio, Guerrilla Games have always lead the charge when it comes to promoting the Japanese giants consoles. With their newest IP, Horizon: Zero Dawn, the studio looks set to tackle the uncharted territory of open world game play mechanics and RPG sensibilities. Their meticulous attention to detail, cinematic approach to story telling and desire to push technology drives the team and has allowed them unfettered access to Sony‘s consoles for years, resulting in beautifully rendered graphics engines that simply outshine most other console games.
Do you like to play? Do you like to share? Do you like to create? You do, that’s brilliant! Then make like Sackboy and jump on the Media Molecule bandwagon! Mm’s innovative platform puzzler- cum- architectural toy-box, Little Big Planet, set the game’s industry alight when it first appeared on the PS3 back in 2008. Alongside its adorable chief character – Sackboy – LBP gave players the opportunity to not only brave a plethora of lovingly designed platform play areas, but it empowered players to create their own levels using the games smorgasbord of in-game tools and furthermore share them between other users. Mm’s impact hasn’t gone unnoticed: the studio is currently in possession of 26 industry recognized awards and currently holds 7 world records!
That’s just five development studios situated on our shores: the overall number being somewhere closer to a whopping 1, 902. Of course we couldn’t make room for all of them on this list (although I would really have liked to) however with that being said there is one overriding message you should take away from this list: if you want to get ahead in gaming, or just want to get your head into a brilliant game, then Britain is the place to be.
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