Monday, December 1, 2014

Insomniac: No One Can Handle The PS3 Like We Do

Life is good at Insomniac, but it wasn’t always this way. People don’t know you, so they assume things, casting judgement as if you were always “there”. But Ted Price knows better, remember Resistance: Fall of Man? Yeah, that game was a PS3 launch title and still stands as one of the console’s best.

So that says a lot. Many a developer, from Naughty Dog, to Santa Monica and even Sucker Punch have claimed they’ve maximized the PS3. What does that mean, then? Are they the best to ever handle the system? Because, well, according to them, they’ve juiced out everything they could from it.

I don’t think so, the best are usually those who’ve had to deliver games for it on a budget, a tight schedule and yet release excellent titles year after year. No Sony first party developer comes close to accomplishing what Insomniac has.

Ted knows this, that’s why he says his studio uses the PS3’s SPUs more effectively than anyone else in the business.

“First and foremost, I think we have a world-class engine team,” Ted Price, Insomniac Games boss told EGM magazine in a recent interview. “In particular, they focus heavily on using the PS3’s SPUs more effectively (in my opinion) than anyone else in the business.”

The boss went on, talking about Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction and how it was an evolution of what they “built for Resistance”.

“However, we spent a lot of time going back and reworking systems we had just barely finished in time for the PS3 launch,” he said.

“Whenever you have a chance to revisit tech, it’s a great opportunity to improve things,” Price continued, “basically everything got a facelift and it allowed us to do more with our visuals, audio and gameplay.”

The latest issue of EGM magazine’s in stores now. Pick up a copy, lots of info to be had in it.

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  • Joshua Tompkins

    I love Insomniac. They are one of my favorite developers. Also, in the quote at the bottom that starts with However, the line “we spent a lot of time” is repeated twice in a row. I do not know if that is suppose to be like that or not. Just letting you know.


  • ExclusivesMostly

    I like their confidence. Resistance 3 should be awesome then.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    @ Josh: Fixed that. Thanks.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    @Mostly: The confidence is beaming indeed. Love it! Can’t wait for this game!

  • Eggy

    Their arrogance makes me sick! After what they did to RES 2 i kinda lost hope in insomniac.

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  • Joshua Tompkins

    To me, resistance does not show how good Insomniac is. I prefer the R&C series better.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    I agree with Josh, and I understand where Eggy’s coming from. But I don’t think RE2 was that bad.

    We all know how great Resistance: Fall of Man was, and that was a launch title. But are they the best? It’s debatable, I think they’re right up there.

  • Eggy

    josh u have a point there because i loved R&C. The thing is that RES 2 let me down.

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  • Joshua Tompkins

    I actually never played resistance 1 because I got my playstation only a littler over a year ago. I played RE 2 and liked it, but it did not blow me away. R&C though, are some of the most fun games I have ever played. I can’t wait to play R&C All 4 One. I do not know why people think that R&C are only kids games.

  • nick

    simply put, no one has released as many games as insomniac has in the amount of time they have.
    hell some developers have not even released 1 in the time insomniac has released 5!
    cough PD.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    @Josh, agreed, those games are uber-fun for all to play!

  • Ernice Gilbert

    @Nick: That’s truue, and that’s why I respect them so much!

  • Sole Survivor

    Ah Ted, big words, but I’m sure you’ll deliver this time! RE1 was awesome!

  • newyearnewrule

    I can’t wait for Resistance 3!

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  • Gustavo_B

    RE2 was a PS3 game with graphics and gameplay from a PS2 game. It was a very poor game, look to other shooters around at that time. They are the best PS3 developers? So, I don’t want to know the worst.
    For me Naughty Dog and Santa Monica studios are much better in pushing the PS3 them Insomniac.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    You must remember Resistance: Fall of Man was a launch title, and still it’s an awesome game. RE2 is a great game that was released earlier than all the titles people are talking about in various threads. Insomniac Games are great developers that’s for sure.

  • Eggy

    Great but not the best.

  • Joshua Tompkins

    Also, look at ND and Santa Monica, they put out a game every 2 to 3 years or longer, while Insomniac puts out one each year, and those games are usually solid. RE2 is my least favorite game that Insomniac has made, but it is still a solid game.

  • Feather5tone

    A very good discussion here, but please note that the quote is taken completely out of context. Please read this blog by Ted Price himself explaining the confusion.

    Paul Featherstone
    Community Specialist, Insomniac Games

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Hey there, Paul, thanks for the update. We’ll do a post about Ted’s blog straightway.

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