Think all games that utilize the Unreal Engine look the same? Well, if so, don't tell Epic Games vice president Mark Rein.
As he revealed to Spong , the idea that any project using the Unreal Engine will look like Gears of War is erroneous. This came about when it was mentioned that People Can Fly's Bulletstorm seems a lot different in terms of style (when compared to Epic's Gears series) and that set Rein off:
"I hear that all the time – 'oh, those Unreal Engine games all look the same.' It's the most ridiculous argument ever. Did you see that Dungeon Defenders game? Really, does that look like Gears of War to you? Does Leisure Suit Larry look like Gears? Does Shadow Complex?
People make so many different-looking games with out technology. You know, Borderlands was cel-shaded… it's just such a silly thing. If two games have the same look it's intentional, because two designers have the same feel for what they want their visuals to be like and Bulletstorm, it's just different."
It makes sense. With the sheer number of games out there that have used the UE3 engine in the past, it would indeed be absurd to assume they all looked the same. And besides, it always falls to the developer to do something special with any engine; provided the developers have the requisite talent, we should end up with a darn good looking game. Just don't go making sweeping generalizations…it can irritate industry professionals.