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Antoniades: Naughty Dog is “best console developer in the world”

Sunday, 30 May 2010 12:35 GMT By Joe Anderson

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In a recent interview with Strategy Informer, Ninja Theory boss Tameem Antoniades has been dishing out the praise to Uncharted creator Naughty Dog.

“In terms of what we’re trying to achieve, I think both the studio and I have the highest admiration for those guys,” he said.

“They’re the best console developers in the world at the moment.”

While Antoniades places the Uncharted 2 team on the highest pedestal, timing meant Drake’s latest didn’t have much influence on the upcoming Enslaved.

“We were working on the game two years before Uncharted 2 came out, and by that point it was too late to [change] direction,” he said.

“It wasn’t like we were trying to copy them; our game’s got a totally different story, different characters, focused more on melee combat, and a different setting.”

You can read more on Antoniades’s thoughts from our recent interview with the developer.

Enslaved is being published by Namco Bandai and will be released this autumn for 360 and PS3.

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41 Comments

  1. azmza

    Kojima still the best ^_^.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    @1 +1

    #2 5 years ago
  3. mescalineeyes

    you know what, this might actually be the truth.

    Uncharted 2 might not be MY favorite game, but from an objective point of view, it’s probably the most well made one there is.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. DaMan

    yeah, he merely means they can develop the most well crafted product.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Redh3lix

    @1 -1

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Boris Fett

    @1 -1

    Kojima writes hackneyed, pretentious, pseudo-intellectual stories running on game engines that are years out of date and feel like throw-backs to a time when developers didn’t know any better.

    Naughty Dog creates immersive, industry standard setting engines that pretty much define the bar by which all other developers would aspire to reach.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @6 “running on game engines that are years out of date ”

    Since when Kojima Productions used outdated engine? For each game they use propreitary engine designed specifically for each game that uses Top notch animation., top notch shaders that consoles can’t go further and amazing textures.
    Even to this day Metal Gear solid 4 looks like a Next Generation title.

    “Kojima writes hackneyed, pretentious, pseudo-intellectual stories”

    that you don’t understand. Thats it.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    I gotta go with 1 – 1 too.

    Truth be said JP on the whole is behind this gen. Even the best JP houses are a half step behind. One look at SQE and you can see what I mean. MGS 4? Nice cut scenes. But great cut scenes, don’t a great game make.

    Naughty Dog the best? In the world? I would say they are in the hunt, you could make a case for that.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    Don’t agree at all. Sure Uncharted I and II are great and the Jak & Daxter games too. But IMO not the best console developer. I’d probably say Rockstar personally.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Mike

    He’s wrong.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Aimless

    He’s not “wrong”. It’s a value judgement.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Boris Fett

    @7 I understand the stories just fine. The amount of time I have put into analysising them is what has helped me form my opinion of Hideo Kojima’s completely over-rated “talent”

    #12 5 years ago
  13. poopoofruit

    I kind of agree with ND being best developer. I don’t know what to say, but they’re one of the best not the one and only best. Uncharted 1 and 2 were amazing games, especially 2 and to other people saying kojima is the best I have to agree with that too. But I never understood the stories of MGS I just liked sneaking around and camo, the graphics were a huge plus.
    Its just that uncharted 2 is there for every one. Metal Gear is for people that have patience to understand the story since the cut scenes are basically TV episodes. And everything has a background story. Uncharted 2′s story is just easily understandable. There’s a huge treasure your after and there’s other bad guys after it too, its a race of who gets there first, easy.
    If I’m wrong about MGS or Uncharted 2, correct me.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. DaMan

    he isn’t saying it’s “the best game”, that would be a silly thing to state. he’s saying it’s the most well crafted game.

    MGS is pretty much for everyone. just look at it’s sales, ffs. Splinter Cell isn’t for everyone.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. The Hindle

    In my opinion Uncharted 2 is the best game this generation but to say ND are the best console developer hmm thats tough as they create games in a certain genre. Its unfair to compare say Bungie and ND as both do compleatly different genres.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. The Hindle

    wrong thead.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. DaMan

    erm.. more like the other way around. you can’t say a tps is better than a racing game or a fighting. yet you can say which dev is more qualified.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. manamana

    Do I smell some kinda Championship?
    Starting with Gamedeveleopers to name their favorite overall and most completed Gamedeveloper.
    Next Gamers the name one.
    Then we need categories like: best action, most innovative, best art and soon …
    In the end we’ll have several topten rankings.
    With trophys and Champaign.

    But … who really cares …

    #18 5 years ago
  19. asdfasdf

    @1 +10000

    #19 5 years ago
  20. The Hindle

    So you compare ND to Bungie? even though they both make totally different genres and have totally different aims. There is no real best console developer really as all of them are masters at thier craft.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. DaMan

    er, I compare their coders/artists/etc. their tech and art (modelling).

    and ie what ND made tech wise is ahead.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. The Hindle

    Ahh yea thats true thier tech is way ahead

    #22 5 years ago
  23. DaMan

    um, well you do get it now I guess.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. asdfasdf

    My top 3 games this gen are made in JPN and they did not use the out-date unreal engine 3 or a generic shooter.
    MGS4
    demons souls
    Valkyria Chronicles

    #24 5 years ago
  25. The Hindle

    Id have to agree with the Taneem come to think of it ND are the best developer there is at the moment. Uc 2 is such a great game. Id also argue that Jpn is far from behind. Nintendo are selling millions and millions of games at the moment.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. asdfasdf

    super mario galaxy 2 is the hight rated game of all time.
    Made in JPN.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. JPickford

    The Naughty Dog games are incredibly well made. Personally I’m not a massive fan of these linear ‘play through this expensive content’ type of game. The actual game mechanics are fairly mundane and just spiced up with elaborate set pieces.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. JPickford

    The two Mario Galaxy games are the most impressive things I’ve seen for technical flair and gameplay inventiveness. Obviously they don’t tick the storytelling box.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Herlock

    @asdfasdf
    Good taste, Demon’s Souls is the best game ever made and its not about Tech, but gameplay, innovative online etc…, and so oldshool, remind me that video game is (and was)!
    I also love ND for the opposit!

    #29 5 years ago
  30. theevilaires

    @5&6 -100

    MGS4 still stands up to any 360 game to date LMAO! :D

    @1 +1,000,000

    but anyway Naughty Dog are elitist and anyone developing any game on the PS3 need to be ashamed of themselves when they fall short of matching Naughty Dog’s greatness.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Malmer

    Hmm…I played Uncharted 2, and it was a good game with nice tech, but in terms of overall experience Alan Wake blows it completely out of the water.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. theevilaires

    Malmer….you’re on crack :P

    #32 5 years ago
  33. sennasnit

    Yeah sorry Malmer, but i have to say you’re well wide of the mark, in fact you can’t even see the mark. The mark is just a dot to you. Alan Wake will not win the same awards that UC2 did last year, no where near.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Withnail

    Alan Wake :D

    #34 5 years ago
  35. SniperWolf

    @31 lol
    please leave it to the big boys ok

    #35 5 years ago
  36. threadzilla

    ND rules

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Mike

    Don’t worry malmer. None of them have played Alan Wake. :)

    #37 5 years ago
  38. theevilaires

    Actually yes I have Mike….and we all know you are already on crack so your opinion doesn’t matter :D

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Johnny Cullen

    Alan Wake > Uncharted 2.

    I went there.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. theevilaires

    We’ll I’m not going there cause I’m not on drugs like you three :D

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Erthazus

    I just finished Alan Wake on my friends xbox 360. Need to return it and what can i say.
    Thank god that i didn’t bought xbox 360 with this game, i really wanted that game because it’s kinda like atmosphere european style game. I loved Max Payne. (still going to purchase one when Gears will come out)

    So…

    First two chapters were interesting, after that it is only repetitive and the story is just completely blows my mind. I mean not the story is bad, it’s interesting but the dialogs. The horror. Driving sequences? Whats the point in them if there is no speed, drive… It’s just a coffin on the road.

    Locations? Beautiful forest, beautiful forest, beautiful forest, beautiful forest, beautiful forest, beautiful forest, beautiful forest, beautiful forest, beautiful forest, beautiful forest well you understand me what i’m talking about. Interesting locations? 1-2 for all the game.

    Shooting mechanics? Flashlight is interesting by 1-2 chapters after that it is just a toy.

    I would say even that: If Alone in the Dark had good story with solved bugs, then Alan Wake could be just a worldwide disaster.
    If someone saying that Alan Wake is better then Uncharted 2 or any other TPS game then he is seriously on drugs or started playing horror games yesterday. It is not a bad game and it is not a good game at all.

    #41 5 years ago

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    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    Telltale Games has an impressive back catalogue of licensed adventure games to its name, and we have opinions about all of them. Note that this rundown doesn’t include bundles, the non-adventure games or games published by Telltale but created by other developers. It’s also got a fair bit of speculation in it, since at least […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]

  • Fable Legends launching on PC alongside Xbox One with cross-platform play

    Fable Legends was announced for PC today during Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, along with the news it would contain cross-platform play with Xbox One. The game will allow you to play with up to four of your friends online across both platforms. A video from the team at Lionhead, which goes into more detail, was […]