We've seen some pretty high praise for Naughty Dog's The Last Of Us , but this one might take the cake.
Avalanche Studios founder and chief creative officer Christofer Sundberg was interviewed by Edge , and he answered industry questions concerning the present and future state of gaming.
When asked to identify what disappoints him about games today, Sundberg replied- "Lack of focus and decisiveness. It's eating the industry alive." He also added that developers should be more concerned with making a top-quality game rather than "business models." Essentially, he says the revenue comes with the success of a great title; you don't throw money at something to make it great. That doesn't always work, although significant resources help.
As for The Last Of Us , here's the quote:
"The most recent game I played was The Last of Us and I haven't finished it yet, but hell yes, I enjoy it. It's like God crawled into a console. Pure art."
That's especially interesting because Avalanche specializes in open-world insanity, as their Just Cause games (and their upcoming Mad Max title) are all about freedom and over-the-top action. Sundberg himself has been accused of attacking linear games and saying they're sort of falling by the wayside. But Naughty Dog impresses everyone, ya know?