The Geek Vision


1. Unity 5 :- 

                     
        
Company   – Unity Technologies
Platform     – PC’s, Phone’s, PS3/4,Wii U, Xbox one/360 and more.
Games          –  Unity 5 will bring more 3D games to your browser in                         future.
                                 www.unity3d.com    

Unity 3D is a truly affordable option for a game developer, and it has some unmatched merits that other engines don’t. Most important, you have to pay for the license once, and no matter how popular your game becomes, you do not need to pay again. That surely sounds like a smart financial move, particularly for startups and new developers. Here are Unity’s pros and cons.

pros:-

          - Best licensing terms in the game industry.
          - Easy to use and compatible with every game platform.
          - Great community support.
          - Low learning curve.
          - Popular option among developers.

Cons:-

           - Limited tools, so you frequently have to create some tools                 of your own.
           - Time-consuming for making games with complex and                       diverse effects.

Unity is one of the strongest and powerful contender in the race of best game engines. It has always been a fierce competitor with Unreal Engine for the top spot and is making superb improvements.  Unity is more closely associated with mobile game development but with this recent release you can create games for consoles as well. Its cross-platform utility makes it a lot easier to port any game on another platform. Much like other game engines, even Unity is trying to provide features which would help you create a more realistic game.



2. Unreal Engine:-  
                             
Company  – Epic Games

Platform   – PC’s, Phone’s, PS3/4, Xbox one/360 and more.
Games       – Day Light. 2015 releases will be Adrift, Dead Island                         2 and more.
   www.unrealengine.com

Unreal is one of the most popular game engines to develop high-end triple-A titles for years now. Gears of War, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Mass Effect, and many other blockbuster games were developed with this engine.

While Unreal Engine 4 is the successor of UDK it’s important to keep in mind that there have been some very drastic changes to this game engine. If you have any experience in UDK there is definitely going to be a bit of learning curve as you adapt to this new engine. These changes are not necessarily bad, and UE4’s ease of use makes it that much more appealing for new game developers. On the plus side, this game engine has superb graphical abilities including advanced dynamic lighting capabilities. What you will probably love about this engine is its new particle system which is able to handle up to million particles in one scene at a time.

Unreal Engine 4 is free but you need to pay royalties to Epic Games. When you deploy a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product every quarter. Its a simple arrangement Epic Games made in which they succeed only when you succeed.

Unreal Engine 4 is a complete suite of game development tools made for game developers. From 2D mobile games to giant consoles, Unreal Engine 4 gives you everything you need to start, ship, grow and stand out from the crowd.

Its awesome new workflow features and a deep toolset empowers developers to quickly iterate on ideas and see immediate results, while complete C++ source code access brings the experience to a whole new level.

Some of its powerful features are:

- DirectX 11 & 12 Rendering Features
- Full source code access
- Cascade visual effects
- New material pipeline
- Blueprint visual scripting
- Live Blueprint debugging
- Simulate and immerse views
- Personal animation


3. CryEngine 3 :-

                             

Company  – Crytek

Platform   – Android, iOS, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One,                          Wii U.
Games       – Far Cry, Crysis, Crysis2, Crysis 3, Evolve.


CryEngine is next in our list. I was almost amazed by the detailing in Crysis 3, a game that was created on this engine. This game engine offers some extremely good features to make gameplay as realistic as possible. You can even modify finest of the finest details in your game on this platform. Its Pixel Accurate Displacement Mapping allows you to craft precisely. Even when a scene changes, the displacement of pixels is so smooth that you will hardly notice any distortion during scene changes. Crytek is doing its best to stay in the race of creating an engine that will bring life to your gaming experience and Crysis 3 gives us no reason to doubt that Crytek is doing a great job.

CryEngine 3 Sandbox The ultimate multi-platform toolkit

CryEngine 3 Sandbox gives you full control over their multi-platform creations in real-time, featuring an array of efficient tools that enable the fastest iteration during development of game worlds for consoles, Windows, Linux and mobile devices. Features of a CryEngine game can be produced, edited and played immediately with the “What You See is What You Play” (WYSIWYP) system.

The new CryEngine deals with instant conversion and optimization of assets in real-time, enabling cross-platform changes to all elements of game creation. This increases the speed and quality of development, while significantly reducing risk and time when developing multi-platform games.

Pros:

- CryEngine 3 makes the game ambience pretty with its artist-level  programming capability in its Flowgraph tool.
- It has the most powerful audio tool, Fmod, inside it, so sound  designers love this engine as well as programmers.
- The game engine also offers the easiest A.l. coding of any tech on  the market.
- For a beginning developer, UI scale form comes handy.

Cons:

- The free version of the game engine lacks proper customer    support.
- Being relatively new to the industry, the engine is yet to find a      robust community.
- Learning curve is pretty challenging for a starter.


4. Source 2 :-

                      


Company  – Valve Corporation 
Platform   – PC’s, Xbox, Play Stations.   
Games      –  Possibly next versions of other games by Valve.

      developer.valvesoftware.com

During GDC 2015 Valve had several big announcements, and probably the biggest one in the gaming community was the Source 2 engine announcement. Source 2 is the successor to the Source engine used in Valves most popular games like Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life 2 and a slew of other games. Source 2 has been highly anticipated for several years as game developers eagerly awaited the next-gen game engine in Valve’s toolbox. During the press conference Valve’s Jay Stelly said, “We will be making Source 2 available for free to content developers. This combined with recent announcements by Epic and Unity will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform.” It’s apparent that Valve is ready to join in the game engine race with Epic and Unity and provide even more options to game developers. However, it’s still unclear as to what “free to content developers” actually means, is that just to established developers or does anybody fall under “content developer”?

As for any specific release date Valve has not released any information, all that has been made available is that Source 2 is coming in the near future. Jay Stelly also stated, “With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity. Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not for just the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games,” This comment would suggest that not only is Source 2 going to be a game engine for the professional development studio but it will also aide the hobbyists and the modders that have made many of the Valve games so popular.

Jay Stelly stated that, “With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity. Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not for just the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games”. This comment would suggest that not only is Source 2 going to be a game engine for the professional development studios, but will also be of great help to the hobbyists and modders who have made Valve games so popular.



5. Frostbite 3 :-

                         

Company  – EA DICE(Electronic Arts Digital Illusions Creative                          Environment)

Platform   – MS Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox                           360, Xbox One.
Games       – Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, Need for Speed:                        Rivals.

Frostbite 3 is the most recent iteration of Frostbite. This game engine was used to create games like Battlefield and Need for Speed: Rivals. What are the things we usually look for, in a game? Good graphics, great sounds, awesome visuals and effects? Well, this engine offers every one of those features. Bringing real world like experience is top priority of DICE. And I’m sure you would agree with me after playing their games. Dynamic effects is one of the coolest things you will see in this engine, which they achieve like no other engine does!

Workflow and runtimes are highly configurable and cover all aspects of development. Some measurable aspects of development include Audio, Animation, Cinematics, Scripting, Artificial Intelligence, Physics, Destruction, Rendering and Visual Effects. Frostbite 3 has some new features and improved workflows without any need to backtrack. You will see improvements in every aspect of this engine compared to previous versions.

- Significant runtime and workflow improvements
- Support for Gen4 and Mobile platforms
- Multi-platform development by large distributed teams
- And of course, a host of the coolest gameplay and visual features    we have ever seen
                                        

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