Heavy Rain, Red Dead Redemption Top Developer Favorite Lists
Japan's development elite pick their top titles for the previous year.
It's a bit late for one of those top-games-of-2010 surveys everyone did a few months back. But Dengeki Games posted the results of just such a survey in its latest issue, asking 71 creators to list the games that left the biggest impression on them in 2010 (outside of their own titles).
Here's a sampling of responses based off a summary of the article that appeared at Sokuhou @ Houkanko.
Katsura Hashino (Atlus -- Producer of Catherine)
Shouji Meguro (Atlus -- Sound Designer on Catherine)
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, Hatsune Miku Project Diva 2nd and Inazuma Eleven 3
Shigeru Nakagawa (Alchemist -- Gal Gun, Umineko)
Xenoblade, Heavy Rain, Reginleiv. He said that Xenoblade most surprised him. Heavy Rain felt like a next generation adventure.
Masato Kimura (Ignition -- El Shaddai)
Heavy Rain, Vanquish, God of War III. He said that Heavy Rain can make your mood change.
Hajime Chikami (Experience -- Entaku no Seito)
Alan Wake, Kinect, Ni no Kuni. He said that he's currently making a new type dungeon RPG.
Yoshito Okamura (Gust -- Atelier Totori)
Heavy Rain, The Sims 3, Batman Arkham Asylum. He feels that Heavy Rain showed the new possibilities for games.
Yasunori Ichinose (Capcom -- Monster Hunter)
Etrian Odyssey 3, Thunderstone, Pokemon Black & White
Yasumi Matsuno (Ogre series)
Red Dead Redemption
Akihiro Hino (Level-5 CEO)
Heavy Rain, Limbo. He was pleased with Heavy Rain's Japanese sales because he didn't think it would sell in Japan. It was the first time in a while that he'd played something just because he wanted to see what happens next.
Jiro Ishii (Level-5 -- 428 and Time Travelers)
Heavy Rain, Danganronpa. Regarding Time Travelers, he said the road is still long and steep.
Hideyuki Mizutani (Marvelous -- Luminous Arc, Fate/Extra)
Nier Replicant/Gestalt, Xenoblade, Danganronpa.
Yoshifumi Hashimoto (Marvelous -- Rune Factor, etc.)
Red Dead Redemption, Xenoblade, NieR Replicant
Atsushi Inaba (Platinum Games)
Mario Galaxy 2
Makoto Yoshitsumi (Namco Bandai -- Tales)
Tactics Ogre, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.
Masamichi Yamazaki (Namco Bandai -- Director of Ridge Racer 3D)
Heavy Rain, Patchwork Heroes, God of War Trilogy
Katsuhiro Harada (Namco Bandai -- Tekken)
Call of Duty Black Ops (PC), Infinity Blade, Borderlands (PC). He said to expect Street Fighter X Tekken details at game shows and other such events.
Hideo Baba (Namco Bandai -- Tales of Xillia)
Yakuza 4, God of War 3, Vanquish
Toshihiro Kondo (Falcom CEO)
Social games, God of War III, Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
Sohei Niikawa (Nippon Ichi CEO)
Narutimate Storm 2, Danganronpa, God of War III
Koichiro Ito (Chunsoft -- Director of Love Zombie)
Red Dead Redemption, Heavy Rain, Dead Rising 2. He said his next title will add new play elements to a genre that Chunsoft is good at.
Keiichiro Toyama (SCEJ -- Siren)
Limbo, Red Dead Redemption, Cut the Rope. He's working on Gravity Daze for NGP and said that he believes 2011 will be the first time in a while he'll be able to do stuff that gets shown to people.
Daisaku Ikejiri (SCEJ -- Furi Furi! Sarugetchu)
Pokemon Black & White, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, Limbo. He said he's working on a variety of NGP titles, but we'll have to wait a bit for announcement.
Masayoshi Yokoyama (Sega -- Yakuza 4 scenario)
Satoshi Sakai (Sega -- Phantasy Star)
Call of Duty Black Ops, Heavy Rain, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
Naoki Yoshida (Square Enix -- Final Fantasy XIV)
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
Shinji Hashimoto (Square Enix -- Front Mission)
Call of Duty Black Ops, Just Cause 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2
Shinji Tokida (Square Enix -- Final Fantasy Legends)
Heavy Rain, NieR Replicant, Infinity Blade
Yoshinori Kitase (Square Enix -- Final Fantasy XIII)
Alan Wake, Red Dead Redemption, Fable III
Akitoshi Kawazu (Square Enix)
Halo: Reach, Fallout New Vegas. He said that he hopes for "3DS and NGP (not Neo Geo Pocket) to become hot." Yes, he said Neo Geo Pocket.
Ryutaro Ichimura (Square Enix -- Dragon Quest)
Heavy Rain, Red Dead Redemption, AKB1/48. He said he's working on a new title that isn't Dragon Quest.
Hiroshi Matsuyama (CyberConnect2 CEO)
Heavy Rain. He said to expect a number of new announcements in 2011, including some totally new stuff.
Hideo Kojima (Konami -- Metal Gear)
Red Dead Redemption]
Akari Uchida (Konami -- Love Plus)
Danganronpa, Red Dead Redemption, Scribblenauts. He said that he wants to make a new series.
Yousuke Hayashi (Team Ninja)
Red Dead Redemption, Heavy Rain, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
Makoto Asada (Cave -- Death Smiles, etc.)
Mario Galaxy 2, Yakuza Black Panther, Sonic Free Riders
Suda 51 (Grasshopper Manufacture)
Red Dead Redemption
Ryozo Tsujimoto (Capcom -- Producer of Monster Hunter)
Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, Ghost Trick, Pokemon Black & White
Jun Takeuchi (Capcom)
Red Dead Redemption, Heavy Rain
It looks like Red Dead Redemption and Heavy Rain were the most popular games amongst Japan's development elite!
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