Japan's 4Gamer.net polled 151 Japanese game developers
on the games of 2013, and the results are interesting.
DualSHOCKERS has collated all the responses
the site received into a handy list, revealing that Naughty Dog's The Last of Us
was the most praised game, with 14 Japanese creators citing it in response to the question "Which game released in 2014 did you most admire, or which shocked you the most?"
There was a tie for second place -- Grand Theft Auto V
and Dragon's Crown
each got 12 mentions. Third place goes to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
, the completely redeveloped and relaunched version of Square Enix's flagship MMO, at 11.
The list of respondents includes industry luminaries such as former Capcom R&D head and Mega Man
creator Keiji Inafune, No More Heroes
visionary Goichi "SUDA51" Suda, Bayonetta
and Wonderful 101
director Hideki Kamiya, Puzzle & Dragons
house GungHo Online Entertainment CEO Kazuki Morishita, and Ico
and Shadow of the Colossus
director Fumito Ueda.
4Gamer has posted the full comments
of each and every of the 151 respondents. The responses are often true to form: Inafune selected the cinematic The Last of Us
, which follows in the footsteps of Capcom's work; Suda
called out Dennaton's violent and stylish Hotline Miami
; Notorious Sega fan Kamiya, meanwhile, put forward 3D AfterBurner II
, a Nintendo 3DS port of the classic arcade game. Interestingly, Fumito Ueda eschewed console titles to choose iOS game Clumsy Ninja
(soon after saying he's interested
in making a touchscreen game). Morishita, meanwhile, chose Grand Theft Auto V
-- some distance from his big success, Puzzle & Dragons
You can read the full aggregated list of selections at DualSHOCKERS
. The full list of comments (in Japanese) can be found at 4Gamer.net