A couple of weeks ago I ran across a post requesting a review of a new book coming out ‘Getting Started with UDK’ by John P. Doran from Packt Publishing. In the post it was stated that this book was geared to those that have never touched the Unreal Development Kit (UDK) before or even had experience using the Unreal Editor. This is right up my alley, for I am (still) interested in creating my own games and do have some experience in creating levels for Unreal Tournament.
This 140 page book can be either downloaded (PDF, Kindle, among other formats) or as a printed copy and shipped to your door. Within those 140 pages you are treated to the wisdom of the authors knowledge of the unreal engine.
The book then outlines creating a Tower Defense style of game from the humble beginnings of how to construct new geometry to how to use Kismet to visually design action sequences. Each section of the book builds upon the last, adding more content and information and reads like a cook book with simple, easy to follow, instructions.
If you are looking for an intro into designing First/3rd person style of games, this would be a great addition to your library, and at ~$13 bucks you can’t go wrong!