When comparing HeroEngine vs S2 engine HD, the Slant community recommends HeroEngine for most people. In the question“What are the best 3D game engines?” HeroEngine is ranked 27th while S2 engine HD is ranked 47th.
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Pro Real time development- No nightly builds
Pro Streamlines MMO development
Backend completely handled by the team at Hero.
Pro Versoning control included in both HeroEngine and HeroBlade
No need for Perforce, Github or any other versioning software. It is built in. Check, Compare, Merge, revert, etc.
Pro Engine developer support
Developers of the engine and game developers are active on the Forums and Skype for private messaging.
Designed for the needs of a MMO. HSL is also relatively easy to learn as scripting languages go. It was geared towards beginners, not time hardened programmers, and as such, its easier for a novice to pick it up sometimes, than a c++ programmer. That, and it was intended to be "readable" more like English.
Pro Server and Networking built in
Pro Very active community and support groups
Skype channel and forums questions answered by developers of HE and users very quickly.
Pro Highly optimized asset export plugins included
Though the export pipeline may be different and currently requires 3ds Max or Maya, the format is highly optimized to reduce high quality models down to KB's.
Able to create many types of games and scales all the way from a single area up to a full-blown MMO.
Pro Built-in weather system
It is possible to edit weather conditions (rain, thunders,wind, clouds, night and day cycle) by simply moving some sliders.
Pro UI is intuitively laid out
Important functions can easily be seen and accessed, making the engine quite user friendly, even for beginners or those who are new to the engine.
Pro Great rendering
S2ENGINE HD rendering power is comparable to more famous engines like Cryengine and UE4.
Pro Complete terrain editor
S2ENGINE HD is integrated with a complete terrain editor that lets you sculpt, paint, add vegetation, and add splines like roads, rivers, fences, etc.
Pro Easy to use
Essential functions are very easy to use and understand.
Con High price
Con Lack of DirectX 11.1 or 12 support
DirectX 9 is the last version supported.
A standalone scripting language with (so far) little in the way of learning resources.
Con Custom model export
Con Still in early access
Might be quite buggy.