Best 3D engine

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Post » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:16 pm

Recently I have thought about starting to make 3D games. I would like to know which 3D engine has the best performance and in the same time is easiest to learn and develop. I have heared, that Unity is the best, but the licences are very expensive. The other one that caught my attention is called THREE.js. It is uses WebGL renderer and from what I have seen from examples it is very powerful and the code is easy to learn and you could have amazing results with just a few dozen of rows.

Does anyone have experiences with 3D engines and could recommend me one as a beginner? Also does anyone have experiences with THREE.js and which are the pros,cons and limitations of this engine.
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Post » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:24 pm

From what I've heard, Unity is hands down the best for beginners. If you're not a beginner in 3D programming, I can't help you much there I'm afraid ;)
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Post » Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:25 pm

not just for beginners but for all 3d game makers unity is an exelent software and recently they made it so you can publish to andraid and ios for free with there free version of the software it used to cost $400 per platform and if you want somthing to do your art in thats free try this
http://www.blender.org/
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Post » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:35 pm

Ok thanks for answering, I'll be looking up what I can create with this engine.
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Post » Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:58 pm

A lot of the big 3D engines are more indie friendly these days.

Unity3D is pretty awesome and easy to jump into, however unless you have the $1500 to shell out a license there are things you can't do without such as realtime lighting, AA, DoF.

UDK (Unity Dev Kit) is full featured SDK that does a lot, free to use and you only pay a percent if you make over $250k (or .. $25k .. ) which is fairly reasonable. Basically, you only pay for it if you make any money. On the flip side, it's not as easy to figure out as Unity3D. It would take some time and going through a lot of tutorials before you figure it out.

If you've never used a 3D engine before, you're going to be confused pretty quick. BUT once you get the basics it's pretty exciting.

I would also recommend Blender for your modeling needs. You CAN make games in Blender as well, but it's not as robust or easy to use as Unity or UDK.
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Post » Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:38 pm

UDK is the Unreal Dev Kit ... as far as I know ;)

rock on,
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Post » Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:59 pm

I want to See Scirra Make The First DRAG AND DROP 3D ENGINE!!
I will pay to see this guys!! I know its Possible And if they did this it would be Incredible!
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Post » Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:22 am

I don't think a C2-style 3D engine for beginners is feasible in the near future. 3D just takes so much more work and time on the developer's side.
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Post » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:36 am

@sqiddster Im sure it wouldnt be out to the public for a long time.But people can dream and it does sound like an awesome idea.Nothing is impossible for scirra with the talent they have/I do understand your post,It will take alot of time but it would definitly be worthwhile.
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Post » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:07 am

Well this is not the first time it has been asked/requested, every time Ashley has answered that he preferred to keep focused on C2 until completion.

A 3D engine is a LOT of work, and wouldn't provide the same accessibility than C2 anyway, since 3D deals with more complex maths/concepts than 2D.
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