The Unreal Engine- An Unreal Engine?

March 8, 2013

Before I start,  must say that this will not be an in depth review listing every feature and spec each of the engines have ever had, but just an overview of its history. 

I thought I might do this purely because of the amount of games that have been developed for the engine is…… unreal ;) , with games like Gears of War, the recent Batman games and the legendary Tom Clancy series. The Unreal Engine is a game engine developed by Epic Games, it was mainly developed for  FPS (which its first game was). Although made for an FPS, it has been used in many different games, like Stealth RPG’s and those weird SAW games.  It has been one of the most successful game engines out there, and one of the most known. The Engines code is written in C++ and has been ported to many different platforms, like Xbox, PS2/3/4 , PC, iOS, OS X, WII U.

Unreal Engine 1

This is the engine that would be the beginning of a legacy for many great games to run on. The first game made on it was called ‘Unreal’  and it saw the birth of many great franchises, with games like Deus Ex, Unreal Tournament and many others. 26 games were developed around on this engine.

Here is gameplay of the engines first game:

Unreal Engine 2

Their second version of the engine would be a bit more successful than the previous one, developing a hell of a lot more games, so much so I cant even count them…. The game it made its debut on a game names America’s Army, on PC, OS X and Linux. The Engines core code was completely re-written and it featured UnrealEd 2, which is a level editor made for games based upon the Unreal engine where developers could create levels. Other parts of the engine were updated also, like how they added support for use on GameCube and Xbox.

Here is the gameplay of the first game on Unreal Engine 2:


Unreal Engine 3

This is the third installment and still used as standard engine for many games, many still to come out. The engine was designed for DirectX for Windows and Xbox360, as well as systems using OpenGL, like PS3, Vita, Wii U, iOS , Android and OS X. This version of it would see the best games, with names like the whole Gears of War series (even if your a PlayStation lover like me, admit it the game looks cool) but also the whole Mass Effect Series, Batman Arkham Asylum & City. Many of my favorite games have been made on an Unreal Engine, with games like Army of Two and the Batman’s and also the Bioshock series.

Bioshock Infinite will be running on UE3.

Unreal Engine 4

Now this Engine is  seriously for the next generation of gaming, just watch the videos below which was the tech video showcasing what UE4 can do and if it doesn’t scream next-gen, then I don’t know what does. One of the videos below is the ‘Elemental’ demo, running on the PS4, and the other is of a game called ‘Project Awakened‘ a game funding on kickstarter and to be honest, it looks like a pretty awesome game, I’ve backed it. It is still unclear how many games are being developed with the engine yet, but company president Mike Capps said that there is a “couple” of games on it and it is no doubt that they will all look beautiful.

NOTE: The quote is 8 months old.


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