Top 4 Of The Most Popular Stable Platforms For Top-Notch Game Development

Jan 28, 2019

Since players get to enjoy what's essentially the end product of a developer's work, they often forget just how much goes into creating games from scratch. And in order to provide the player base with breathtaking new games, devs rely on various stable platforms for game development.

However, there are quite a few game engines and development platforms out there. Even though this means that developers are spoiled for choice, it also makes it harder for them to pick one.

That's why we decided to dedicate today's article on the top 4 stable platforms that are used for creating games. Note that the software toolsets & platforms are listed based on their ratings and number of reviews on Capterra (web service directory for software reviews).

4. Blender

  • Overall rating:  4.5/5 (from 219 user reviews)
  • Easy of Use rating:  3.5/5
  • Customer service rating:  4/5
  • Price: Free

Blender has been around for 20+ years already and it's a free, open-source 3D graphics software platform. It's been written in Python and C++, making it rather versatile. Thus, it comes with great CPU and GPU rendering functionality that devs are bound to love.

In essence, Blender offers devs an extensive toolset that they can create anything from video games to animated films and interactive 3D apps.

3. Microsoft Visual Studio

  • Overall rating: 4.5/5 (from 973 user reviews)
  • Easy of Use rating: 4/5
  • Customer service rating: 4/5
  • Price: $45 (per month)

The Visual Studio is a paid development platform courtesy of Microsoft, although there's a free version available. It was written using C# and C++ and as you might've guessed it works on Windows systems - from Windows 7 SP1 onwards and Windows Server 2012 R2 onwards.

But one of its key advantages is the overall functionality of the Visual Studio. You see, this is a tool for interactive content building, which means that you can use it as a shade editor, graphics diagnostics tool and of course for developing 2D or 3D games.

2. Unreal Engine

  • Overall rating: 5/5 (from 114 user reviews)
  • Easy of Use rating: 4/5
  • Customer service rating: 4.5/5
  • Price: Free

The Unreal Engine is a truly legendary game development tool. It's now in its 4th generation, which is written in C++. And although it was intended for developing FPS games, it successfully transitions into a development suite for things like MMORPGs.

Apart from creating games though, you can also use this development platform for making 3D films, persona animation and AI among other things. It's also worth mentioning that the Unreal Engine became 100% free in 2015, including all future updates.

1. Unity

  • Overall rating: 5/5 (from 174 user reviews)
  • Easy of Use rating: 4/5
  • Customer service rating: 4.5/5
  • Price: $35 starting price (per month)

Although Unity has been around for as long as some of its counterparts, it still has the best rating-to-number of reviews ration on Capterra. It was initially meant to be an OS-only game engine, but nowadays Unity is available on 27 different platforms.

Now, Unity was written using C++ and C# and it's a truly versatile game development platform. Apart from using it to create both 3D and 2D games, you can also use its other functions that focus on things like audience engagement and even ways to monetize your game/s.

Conclusion

So there you have it folks - 4 of the most popular and stable platforms used for game development. Whether you're looking for multi-functional development suits or something that's completely free to use, the list above will help you to make your mind.

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