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Getting Started with Unity 2018 - Third Edition

By : Dr. Edward Lavieri
Book Image

Getting Started with Unity 2018 - Third Edition

By: Dr. Edward Lavieri

Overview of this book

The Unity game engine has revolutionized the gaming industry with its complete set of intuitive tools and rapid workflows, which can be used to create interactive 3D content. With Unity, you can scaffold your way from the basics and make make stunning interactive games. This book will guide you through the entire process of creating a 3D game, from downloading the Unity game engine to publishing your game. It not only gives you a strong foundation, but puts you on the path to game development. Beginning with an overview of the Unity engine and its interface, you will walk through the process of creating a game environment and learn how to use built-in assets, as well as assets created with third-party 3D modeling tools such as Blender. Moving on, you will create custom scripts to control non-player character behaviors and gameplay. You will master exciting concepts such as Heads-Up-Displays, mini-maps, game navigation, sound effects, and lighting effects. Next, you’ll learn how to create your first VR experience, right from setting up the project to image effects. You'll be familiarized with all the tools that Unity has to offer to create your own immersive VR experiences. Each section is a stepping stone toward the completion of the final game. By the end of the book, you'll have learned advanced topics such as cross-platform considerations which enable your games to run on multiple platforms.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
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Working with Unity's standard asset package

The game character, the player character, the user-controlled player—these are all terms that are used to refer to our game's main character, the Cucumber Man, which the human player will control. In Unity, we refer to this as the player character. In order to have a player character, we need a controller. In our case, we will use a third-person controller. A third-person controller is a framework used to control a character from the perspective of a third-person camera.

The Unity standard asset package includes a ThirdPersonController asset package. The package, as you can see in the following screenshot, contains Animation, Materials, Models, Scripts, Textures, and Prefabs:

This section demonstrates how to use a character created by Unity. It will not be incorporated into the Cucumber Beetle game. By going through the following steps, you will become familiar with the process of using the ThirdPersonCharacterprovided by Unity:

  1. Launch Unity.
  2. From...