for a University project we need to develop a prototype for a Survival Horror game using an engine of our own choice. We are currently preparing the project and wondering which engine to use. Maybe your experience could be useful to us. The main aspects are:
- Ease of use. We are a team of 5 people with very little experience and have to finish the project in a short time. A flat learning curve and fast results are very important for us.
- Dynamic lights and shadows. The protagonist will carry a candle, which is one of the major gameplay elements. We need a system for dynamic lights and shadows.
- Good sound system. A lot of the horror will come from 3D sound effects, which the engine should support natively.
- Free for personal / educational use. Poor students living off packet soup already, you know :)
Unity was our first choice, but doesn't support dynamic shadows in the free version. We're just trying UDK, but are still looking for other possible solutions.
What engine do you think would be best suited for the task? Any hints are welcome!