The Daily Five: Surpising Debut Games by Sony Studios

April 9, 2014 | By | No Comments

For nearly twenty years, Sony has built an empire with PlayStation, and the hard work that their Worldwide Studios have put in is a huge reason for that. Games like inFamous Second Son, The Last of Us, and Killzone: Shadow Fall are proof that the developers under their umbrella are a force to be reckoned with.

Of course, this success wasn’t built overnight. The impressive works of Worldwide Studios are sometimes a far cry from where the studios were when they were first started. In some cases, studios go in a completely different direction. In others, they’re the ultimate proof of the old adage that, yes, practice does indeed make perfect.

With all of that in mind, here are five debut games from some of Sony’s most celebrated studios that you would have to see to believe.

Keef the Thief – Naughty Dog

If you go to Naughty Dog’s official site and click on the “Games” tab, you’ll only see the games that they’ve developed for Sony as a first-party studio. There’s not even a mention of Crash Bandicoot on there, and that’s arguably their most famous work! But we’re digging much deeper than that, friend, believe you me.

The company was actually founded in 1984 as JAM Studio, but their work was so underwhelming that they changed the name to Naughty Dog in 1989. Their first game under the new moniker was Keef the Thief for the Apple IIGS, and it was a doozy. Both point-and-click adventures and RPGs of the era were notorious for being convoluted, and Keef the Thief combines the two. Hurray!

It was a silly game by a couple of wet-behind-the-ears game designers that weren’t even 20 years old at the time, so Keef the Thief is the kind of game that is easily looked past. Thankfully, Naughty Dog would go on to do great things. Er, not immediately, but eventually.

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