- Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation), the console's de facto mascot. Naughty Dog developed the original three games and Crash Team Racing, after which, they sold the franchise.
- Jak and Daxter (PlayStation 2), a launch PS2 game.
- Uncharted (PlayStation 3), one of the system's top selling and most acclaimed franchises.
- The Last of Us (PlayStation 3), an enormously popular game widely considered to be their as-of-yet best.
Naughty Dog has something of a sister company in the form of Insomniac Games. Both companies started out working in the same building, and even produced very similar games around the same times. Just to illustrate: Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot and Insomniac's Spyro the Dragon, Naughty's Jak and Daxter and Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank. As far as game companies can go, these guys are pretty much the tightest of bros, though also sharing a Friendly Rivalry.
This company is responsible for:
- Math Jam (1985; Apple ][)
- Ski Crazed (1986; Apple ][)
- Dream Zone (1988; Apple IIGS)
- Keef the Thief (1989; Apple IIGS)
- Rings of Power (1991; Sega Genesis)
- Way of the Warrior (1994; 3DO)
- Crash Bandicoot
- Jak and Daxter
- The Last of Us (2013; PlayStation 3)
- Other upcoming projects:
- A casting call went out purportedly for their next project in the Fall of 2018 looking for an African American male in his 40s-60s. The legitimacy of the casting call hasnt been confirmed nor do we know if its for a new IP or one of their existing franchises.
- Canceled Project(s)
- Al O. Saurus and Dinestein, a side-scrolling video game based on time travel and scientists genetically merged with dinosaurs, (a spoof on Back to the Future and Jurassic Park). If Naughty Dog never signed on to the company, there would be no Crash Bandicoot but they would make this game.
- Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier; technically speaking, Naughty Dog conceived this game, but once they found they couldn't develop it and Uncharted at the same time, they handed the project to High Impact Games, who proceeded to make their own version of the game from the ground up, essentially leaving Naughty Dog's version of the game as this.
Tropes associated with Naughty Dog
- Action Girl: Usually at least one of the major characters in a Naughty Dog game is this:
- Breakthrough Hit: While they developed plenty of games beforehand, Crash Bandicoot is the game that truly put Naughty Dog on the map.
- Darker and Edgier. The Jak and Daxter series went this direction starting with the second game. Heck, generally speaking, their later games are this compared to their earlier work. Just compare Crash Bandicoot to The Last of Us; the difference is night and day.
- Deadpan Snarker: Another common trait of Naughty Dog's. Nearly every character is prone to making witty remarks, Daxter and Drake are the most prominent examples.
- Scenery Porn: Their games are known for having beautiful graphics and scenery.
- Serkis Folk: Uncharted and The Last of Us had the actors perform motion capture while simultaneously recording dialogue.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: We begin with the lighthearted platforming for Crash Bandicoot, involving cartoony animations and enviroments with pretty colors, animals, and a simplistic plot of "Defeat the evil scientist and save the world".
This carries forward to the first Jak and Daxter game, which mixes platforming and open wide worlds instead of linear levels, and a more dense story with (not mad scientists but Eco Power domination), but still simple.
Jak 2 introduces guns, sci-fi guns, and removes the nice enviroments for a downright depressing city ruled by a dictator. Jak 3 follows the trend.
Now we move into Uncharted, going away from the cartoony lands we once head to the real world. A more mature story with human characters, with Drake providing some of the "best" humor (subjective as to whether or not it's actually funny). There are guns, but real ones, and we kill a lot of people. The story has the feel of an Indiana Jones movie.
Take this realism and turn it into the Post-Apocalyptic world of The Last of Us, now with zomb-err... Infected people. (They will make you shit your pants). Now with realistic gore, and a story driven by loss of family, the loss of allies, lots, and lots of psychological conflicts (plus, less platforming compared to Uncharted, based on expansive exploration and, well, shooting stuff).
- What Could Have Been:
- If Naughty Dog never signed on to the company, there would be no Crash Bandicoot but they would make Al O. Saurus and Dinestein, a side-scrolling video game based on time travel and scientists genetically merged with dinosaurs, (a spoof on Back to the Future and Jurassic Park).
- Their version of Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier is this in its entirety. They handed the game off to High Impact Games after difficulties developing it alongside Uncharted. They later tried to do a complete Continuity Reboot of the series, but they found that their ideas, while ambitious, didn't fit Jak, so they cancelled it in favor of The Last of Us.