Weekend Hot Topic, part 2: What country makes the best video games?

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Because of my passion for video games and keeping up to date with the latest news and developments, I feel that I’m usually aware of which country has produced a game (at least with non-indie titles) but I wouldn’t say it affects or determines whether I buy a game or not.

I’m torn as to which country produces the best games, in my eyes, but it’d have to be a toss-up between the countries mentioned in the Hot Topic description: Japan and USA.

Without trying to generalise (but failing), Japan produces some of the most colourful, vivid, and joyous games out there – think pretty much anything by Nintendo as well as your Ni No Kunis – while also doing a fantastic job of creating seminal games that go on to gain a cult following and become established series, with titles like Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, and Dark Souls.

I always associate America, rightly or wrongly, with the big hitting shooters or games as a service games like Call Of Duty, Destiny, and Anthem, which aren’t so much my thing. But it also produces some of my favourite games in recent times in Uncharted, The Last Of Us, God Of War, and I’m sure Spider-Man (I do see the clear theme of Sony, a Japanese company, emerging here too but these games are made in America, I believe, so I’m counting them as American!), as well as Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption titles.

I always think that the UK doesn’t produce many titles but then I remember that Rocksteady is British and the Batman: Arkham series is probably my favourite games series of all time. And then you’ve got Rare, Codemasters, and what seems like a very active UK indie scene. So I’d say we’re doing pretty well for ourselves. But of course I’d like to see more UK produced games hit the shelves, who wouldn’t?

GC: Grand Theft Auto is made in Scotland (from girders), all the Sony games you mention are American though.

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