I had wondered whether or not Blender would give me the look that I wanted for the things I want to do in the future. My worries were crushed when I saw some shots of things people have done with Blender. It looks quite awesome, and for the price of free, you really can't go wrong.
Another cool thing that I found while digging for info. was something called Blender People, apparently it's an attempt at replicating to some degree the program that was used for the large crowd scenes. It seems like it's pretty cool, and I guess i'll have to give it a try later on.