Not only is this "next gen" tech demo for Epic's Unreal Engine 3 staggeringly good-looking, but it seems like it could be a really cool game, too.
Hot on the heels of the GDC CryEngine 3 trailer comes the GDC tech demo for its biggest rival: Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3. While there's not nearly as much of the real-time adjusting that we saw in the CryEngine video - and it's not clear if this is, in fact, real-time at all - it's certainly a feast of eye-candy; no denying that.
But what's more is that I kind of really want to play it. The whole trailer has a great sense of atmosphere; the sense of an oppressive dystopian state that could've come right out of Blade Runner. The main character looks like a certifiable badass who can turn himself into metal a la Colossus of the X-Men, and there's a showdown with a giant robot spider at the end. What more do you want?
In my mind, this would kind of play like a more brutal and violent Batman: Arkham Asylum, crossed with early Devil May Cry and maybe some God of War. Sure, the guy has a cool revolver, but it'd be far more entertaining to do the fighting with your bare (er, iron) fists.
I can't be the only one here who wants Epic to turn this into an actual game, can I? I mean, they're going to have to do something after they're finished with the Gears of War trilogy, and they obviously have the main character models done here. Epic should totally give this one a try.
Alas, this tech demo - Epic's vision of what the new next generation could bring - is probably doomed to remain just that. After all, we all remember what happened with that FF7 PS3 tech demo, right?