Brackeys Unity Beginners Tutorial Series
Brackeys Unity tutorials are among the best Unity tutorials available on the internet. If you're not familiar, Brackeys is a YouTuber who makes short, easy to understand Unity game development ...
- Quality of Presentation4.8
- How Effectively the Course Teaches the Subject4.5
- Value Proposition (Was This Course Worth It?)4.8
- Our Review of the Beginners Brackeys Tutorials Overall4.5
Brackeys Unity tutorials are among the best Unity tutorials available on the internet. If you’re not familiar, Brackeys is a YouTuber who makes short, easy to understand Unity game development tutorial videos. In today’s review, I’m going to look at his “Unity Beginners Tutorial” playlist and review it, to see what it covers, how long it is, and if its still relevant today over 3 years after it was created.
What Does Brackeys Unity Beginners Tutorial Cover?
First of all, the series starts with an overview of gamedev in general, including the most popular engines. It should be noted that Brackeys is using Unity 5.5 at the beginning of this series. While a lot of stuff has changed since then, fortunately the basics of Unity remain mostly the same today.
The next two videos jump into actually creating your first game in Unity, starting with a video on using the editor, before moving onto a video discussing and teaching the basics of C#. The pace of learning keeps up in the next video when you’re taught about movement, the physics system, and rigidbodies. This is followed up by the next tutorial, which focuses on camera control and getting the camera to follow certain gameObjects. The series begins to wrap itself up when the focus moves towards collision detection. Finally, after all those videos we get a tutorial that wraps up everything he taught so far, and uses that as a base to create and teach us how to implement gameplay.
I would argue that these videos constitute the first part of Brackeys beginner tutorials. That is because they focus on the core basics and then wrap it up to give you a practical “hands-on” knowledge of game creation in Unity. The next videos after this point, while still focusing on basics, moves away from the fundamentals and shifts towards UI and music.
Once the first sequence of videos are completed, there are still a lot of videos in this playlist. However, they are no longer sequential, but instead videos that teach Unity subjects appropriate for beginner level developers. I’m not going to cover these videos in this review, but having watched all of Brackey’s content, I can attest that they are all high quality videos.
Is this Course Still Good and Relevant Today?
While there is no doubt that many things have changed with Unity since version 5.5, the basics remain largely the same. Sure, there are new rendering pipelines and shaders, some new user interface icons and designs, but as a whole, the basics of Unity remain consistent enough that I can still recommend this course today.
However, at some point, there is no doubt that Brackeys will need to redo these videos to modernize them with the latest versions of Unity. Until then, I definitely recommend these videos as a great starting point for game development in Unity.
Why Did Brackeys Quit? Why Did Brackeys Stop Making Videos?
Update: As of September 18, 2020, the Brackeys channel is being retired. Here is the goodbye video:
According him, he has been making these videos since he was a teenager. Now that he is grown up, he wants to try other things.
The videos he already made will continue to be relevant for awhile, but as time progresses the tutorials will differ from future Unity versions more and more until the tutorials no longer have modern relevance. Until then, his videos are still a great resource for learning Unity and I still recommend them. He did a great job and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
If you’re looking for some alternatives to Brackeys, you should check out my list of free gamedev courses and tutorials here. I have a whole table full of YouTube channels for you to check out.
Thanks for reading and happy gamedev!
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Quality of Presentation4.8/5
How Effectively the Course Teaches the Subject4.5/5
Value Proposition (Was This Course Worth It?)4.8/5
Our Review of Brackeys Unity YouTube Tutorials Overall4.5/5
- Very clear step by step instructions on Unity
- Free series on YouTube
- Each episode focuses on just one core aspect of Unity
- A little outdated in areas
- The playlist gets less cohesive after the main course concludes