Coding 3-D games such as DarkMatter
is an art form, creating the graphics for such a game even more so. Unless you happen to be a talented artist it can seriously hamper the look and feel of the finished product, leaving a great concept with a shoddy feel.
DarkMatter aims to fill the artistic void with a large selection of pre-built and pre-skinned 3-D models and hundreds of textures, which can be applied to any user created objects. The ready-built models are provided in .3DS and .X formats ready for import into a wide variety of modelling programs as well as 3-D gaming creation tools like DarkBasic and Blitz Basic 3-D. The overall quality of the models is good, some of the human figures are a little samey and vehicle wheels have some unfortunate corners but as a whole theres enough here to populate a reasonable 3-D world without anything looking out of place.
The textures are nicely done and with more than 186 megabytes of images to choose from theres something for all occasions, neatly stored under headings like sci-fi, urban and natural. The whole package is held together by a custom viewer which allows all of the models and textures to be viewed and selected, the interface is a little clunky but it does it job.
As an added bonus, FastTrak have thought to include an enhancement pack for DarkBasic which adds a series of new commands including multi-playerinclude, an enhancement pack for multi-player support. --Chris Russell
contains an extensive collection of fully animated, professionally produced 3D objects, along with hundreds of textures to add that expert touch to your projects. Novice and advanced users alike will find DarkMatter
an incredible resource saving both time and effort. All models are provided with fully animated sequences including walking, attacking, dying etc. Model types include soldiers, monsters/aliens, cars, planes, tanks and weapons while textures range from Natural to Sci-Fi. DarkMatter
is fully compatible with DarkBASIC and all applications supporting ".3DS" and ".X" formats. So stop reading and get creating! DarkMatter
also includes a DarkBASIC Enhancement Pack. This enhancement pack adds many new and exciting advanced features to DarkBASIC such as commands for multi-player support, Back Buffer and Memory Block provide advanced users with access to the inner workings of DarkBASIC. More commands - more power - more freedom to create the games you want to play!