I am a vb.net developer that writes webs and windows apps. I have taken some C and C++ classes about 9 year ago and still have a fare understanding of them but no longer proficient with then but it want take me long to get back into the swing. I currently have both MS Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 (not the free version but the full version). I want to try my hand a game dev and want to know what editors to use or try. Im short on cash so I cant buy the expensive ones. I am trying out DX Studio and 3d Game Studio and want to know of any others before I buy something? And how well I can import external items in to them? And if I can also get Havok and other engines to replace any that they may come with? And what all engine that I will need for a SPS? Ive been checking all the blogs but all I find is how every thing sux.
Sorry for all the questions but I just want to be sure on what to use before I buy something that I will end up shelving do to lack of functionality or lacking in ease of use.
Thanx for your help in advance.