I`m new to game development. Like fresh out of the box.
I wanted to create some 3D based games I have ideas for (nothing unique there),
I found the 3 game engines which output to multiple platforms, unity, unreal engine, and cryengine.
They all look about the same (???) does it matter which one I use, is the question like someone asking which 3D app should I use (it pretty much boils down to your knowledge of the software)..
however is that the case with these 3 engines?
I`d like to use the one that outputs to all platforms, xbox, sony, iphone, pc, android(?), online gaming, while only writing the code once. (I think this is the case with the flash game development engine now?) http://gaming.adobe.com/
basically I dont know where to start with these engines.
I want to create 3D first person games, my character travels through a landscape and they interact with other characters on missions, I`d want to port it to an online platform over time...
As a new developer, CryEngine will spank you till you cry. It's primarily C++ based and really is not aimed towards beginners. The community and supporting materials are much smaller than the other two engines. To my knowledge there is a single book available, but that might have changed since.
Fortunately all 3 are free to download and play with, so other than time and bandwidth, you have very little to lose trying all 3.