The 5 most powerful game engines of all time

27 09 2009

Game Engines are constantly evolving and changing to adapt to the current hardware and push them to the limits. These game engines have proven to show off the greatest graphically impressive games of the generation.

5) Unreal engine 3: Probably the most popular and most used game engine of the generation. It is featured in many games on all platforms. Its renderer supports many advanced techniques including HDRR, per-pixel lighting, and dynamic shadows, and builds upon the tools available in previous versions of the engine.

4) EGO Engine: This engine is featured as one of the best looking and most powerful multi-platform racing game engine ever created. It shows off some of the most impressive racing graphics, lighting, and motion blur across three platforms, running at a stable frame rate.

3) Killzone 2 Deferred Rendering engine: Deferred Rendering has proven to work very well with the Playstation 3 and Killzone 2. It allows the usage of a large amount of dynamic lights and reduces the complexity of required shader instructions allowing the system to have more resources for textures, AI and Effects. The results are the best looking first person shooter on the Playstation 3.

2) Naughty Dog Game Engine 2.0: Not much is known about this game engine, except that it will be used in Uncharted 2 which is currently one of the best looking games ever, and easily is the best looking on any console to this date.

1) CryEngine 2: To this day the CryEngine shows off the most impressive visuals in any game, in both Crysis and Crysis: Warhead. Showing off impressive detail such as Light Beams & Shafts, Eye Adaptation & High Dynamic Range (HDR) Lighting, Motion Blur & Depth of Field, and Dynamic Soft Shadows. CryEngine 3 will be making its way to consoles bringing most of this technology with it.


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9 responses

27 09 2009
3d modeller and someone who actually uses Unreal Engine 3

You really need to learn more what a game engine is and what it does before you make a comparison -_-

27 09 2009

Not a very good article. And you didn’t know what you were talking about half of the time…

You also used bad pictures. I’m fairly sure the Dirt 2 screenshot is CGI, and the one you used for Naughty Dog 2.0 is from the first Uncharted, which used a less advanced form of the engine.

27 09 2009


Updated thanks!

28 09 2009

why does the frostbite and MT framework 1.5 constantly get ignored?
i HATE! the UE3 engine, because it gives a grainy greasy look to everything.
that and im sick of it, almost every single MP game uses it.
the frostbite engine (battlefield bad company), MT framework 1.5 (resi 5) even the engine from deadspace or mirrors edge is better than the UE3.
or even the engine fueling red faction guerrilla.
the physics in that game is AMAZING!!!! the way everything breaks so realistically, and the graphics are no slouch.
if were talkling future engines, i would have to mention ID Tech 5 and the cry engine 3.
i really hope crytek really push the cry engine 3 out to developers, im sick of the UE3 and hopefully the CE3 can be the new UE3.
if almost every single multiplat game is going to use a particular engine atleast make sure its a good one.

23 12 2009

you also forgot to mention Dunia and Havok

21 03 2010

Dunia is newer than the cry-engine and until Valve release a new engine it’s possibly one of the most powerful going.

5 12 2010

CRY ENGINE 3 is exclusive for Gaming Consoles and not really on PC’s. The complexity of Cry engine cannot optimize the small VRAM of the consoles. that is why CRYTEK develop cryengine 3.
If I’m wrong then you’re right.

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