We purchased some of the MAWI assets a few years ago and decided to not even use them at all, which was a big waste of money. That’s because while the forest packs look really nice, have great YouTube videos to show them off, and are really expensive to make you think they are worth a lot; there’s unfortunately an extremely important element consistently missing from this packs – realism.
Now you might be thinking to yourself “what are you talking about? these packs look very realistic…” but that’s because you’re only looking at the textures, not the meshes. If you compare almost every single one of their packs, they make the most unrealistic tree meshes you could ever imagine. If you pull up some of their pictures on the tree packs and really stare at them, you’ll notice that almost EVERY SINGLE TREE is a straight cylinder with some twigs poking out the sides. There isn’t a single tree that is going sideways or is a bit crooked or anything. It’s like they made a redwood forest first and decided to apply that same design pipeline to every other tree they make.
This is why their YouTube videos always look at the ground and only show the bottoms of the trees, but if you actually buy the packs and run around their demo maps, you’ll quickly notice how fake everything looks the moment you look up or off into the distance. It’s like looking at a piece of artwork that’s just empty and has no soul, no sense of realism, because everything seems so fake and uniform.
These are some of the trees from one of the other non-MAWI packs we bought instead, which you can see actually has a sense of realism to how the trucks are formed:
I don’t know why it’s so difficult for them to look at pictures of trees and actually build real branches instead of the occasional “fake fork” but even their plants/bushes aren’t that great either. I thought we might still use those assets even if we didn’t use the trees, except once you start looking for other forest packs you’ll even get to the point where you realize that these MAWI assets don’t just lack heart and soul, but that they are extremely inefficient for “game readiness” anyway.
So if you’re working on a game and want a review from experience, save yourself the trouble (and the money) and invest the time to find cheaper packs that are much better anyway.