Monday, 11 March 2013

Game Engine Comparisons

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Using the right game engine is an important choice when creating a game, different engines offer a selection of options better suited to certain genres and types of games. I will be comparing Unreal Engine, CryEngine, and the GameByro engine.

Firstly the Unreal Engine:

In my experience this engine is better suited to first-person action / horror games which are overall very dark. The games I have personally played that use Unreal are:
Alice Madness Returns, Army of Two, Batman Arkham City, Borderlands, Destroy All Humans!, Gears of War. A few of these are in my top 20 favourite games, and I have even done reviews on some in the past. So from my experience most of these games are set in dark environments, and offer a creepy edge to the games as (with the exception of Army of Two) there are mutated creatures and nightmarish enemies to fight against. So I would come to the conclusion that the Unreal Engine is better suited for a horror style game. A few more well-known games from that use this engine are:
Bioshock, Tom Clancy games (Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six), Mass Effect, A lot of Kinect games, and of course Unreal games (Unreal, Tournament, Championship, etc)

Here is an example of some game trailers that use the Unreal Engine:

Secondly CryEngine:

I have never actually played any games that use the CryEngine, because they tend to be mainly army themed first-person-shooter games, which don't really interest me. But an example of some of the games that use this engine are: the Far Cry games, the Crysis games, Sniper: ghost warrior, Warface, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, MechWarrior Online, Tour Golf Online, God Slayer.

Here are some trailers of the games that use CryEngine:

Judging from these trailers, games that use CryEngine are mainly first-person-shooter games based outdoors in daytime. So maybe this engine focuses more on natural lighting and movement such as trees blowing in the breeze etc.

Thirdly Gamebyro:

A few of my favourite games use the Gamebyro engine: Bully: Scholarship Edition, Fallout 3, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. These are third person games (with the option of first person for Fallout and Oblivion). There are a few other well-known games that use the GameByro engine such as: Epic Mickey, Ragnarok Online II: Legend of the Second, Catherine.
An example of game trailers that use the GameByro engine:

Technical Shizzlewizzle:
Engine Name
Date Created
Primarily based
Unreal Engine
North Carolina, America
C++, Microsoft DirectX 9/10/11, OpenGL, Android, iOS, Adobe Flash Player 11
Windows Vista/7, Linux, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U
Frankfurt, Germany
DirectX 9/10/11, MMO
Windows 7, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U
North Carolina, America
C++, DirectX 9/10/11, OpenGL
Windows, Linux/Mac OS X, GameCube, Wii, PlayStation 2/3, Xbox/360

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