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#1 VISQI   Members   -  Reputation: 112

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:26 AM

Hey
Ok. I have been using pure D3D10 for making my demos for quite sometime(about 2.5 years now). I think it is time for me to get into known engines, instead of using my own framework, because, till now, i can't do any kind of indie projects with anyone because they all use existing engines, and no one uses pure D3D10 anymore....

I have done some research, and i think the top free, mostly used, engines out there are: UDK, Unity3D, C4Engine. Please correct me if i am wrong.

I was looking for an easy-to-use engine, with a lot of functionality ranging from smart AI's to a good variation of Post-Processing effects.
If there are any books to recommend for me to start with the corresponding engine, please refer me to them.

Let the engine wars begin :)

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:08 AM

Hey
Ok. I have been using pure D3D10 for making my demos for quite sometime(about 2.5 years now). I think it is time for me to get into known engines, instead of using my own framework, because, till now, i can't do any kind of indie projects with anyone because they all use existing engines, and no one uses pure D3D10 anymore....

I have done some research, and i think the top free, mostly used, engines out there are: UDK, Unity3D, C4Engine. Please correct me if i am wrong.

I was looking for an easy-to-use engine, with a lot of functionality ranging from smart AI's to a good variation of Post-Processing effects.
If there are any books to recommend for me to start with the corresponding engine, please refer me to them.

Let the engine wars begin Posted Image


Like you I was in the same boat, i did Dx9 for years "i refused to use DX10, as it was locked to vista, and from what i gathered, people TRIED to avoid vista" anyway.
i went from DX9 like you; to a few engines, C4Engine was trash to me. Leadwerks was a lot of tun, i even bought the licence, it was also the engine i found
easiest to make look the best but when my LIC was revoked for no reason and the author is a known B^&$# i abandoned that after 6 faithful months. i suggest the same
Ogre3D is a great engine, i didnt stay with it long but that was fun too.
I actually left ogre for unity because of a project ive joined. and i gotta tell ya, i wont look back. ALTHOUGH i did prefer leadwerks.
theres just something about that pure C++ i cant let go of, unity, while fantastic. is like the Windows of the engine world. at least it seems to me that way.
With that being said, windows is EXTREEMLY productive, like it or not haha.

for the record unity is the only engine "if it can technically be called that, its more like the the RPG Maker of old"; that allowed me to get a full game goin in a day.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:01 AM

I started with XNA and switched to Unity because of the productivity factor...just get so much further than I ever would with anything else...Also takes like 6 lines of code to do raycasting, compared with C4engine which was some 2 pages of nasty low level shit. Unity's workflow is nice being able to use multiple formats of models/code and easily publish to various platforms.

Also worldmaking in Unity with heightmaps was ridiculous. Screenshot a google earth feature, paint it with grayscale colors, save as raw, import to unity, "crosshatch" strokes in the editor to smooth the terrain and in an hour you've got a custom, scalable, 3d map.

It's like an addiction once you get started and see how fast things come together...

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:50 PM

Great. so C4Engine is out of the way. Any thoughts on UDK?? a LOT of great games use Unreal technology for a reason.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:53 PM

Also, what are the books/tutorials/sites that helped you start with Unity??
One more thing. I don't just want to do small indie projects(which is what Unity is about). So then, is UDK the answer??

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:40 PM

free is good, free is not good also, I won't choose a free engine, it can't be good, free has reasons of free




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