Blender is not better but it can do all that XSI can and possibly more. It's free so you can always stay up to date. There are good tutorial videos for it. try blendercookie.com for starters.
Looks nice, glad to see you doing lots of research.
Just so you know true 1st person should have the body in the view sometimes, check Mount & Blade or Crysis. It's always been a pet peeve of mine to see a floating shadow under the fps camera. But I digress, keep up the good work!
Looks great, I will be following your progress.
As a left handed person, I thank you.
This is called Ambient Light in most 3d software packages. Keep up the good work, looks nice.
Nice, now I need to get to the tileset. Any ideas one what everything is? I'm not sure on a few items.
haha cool picture. Fooled me.
When you get ready for animations let me know. I'd love to help out. DK is one of the best games of all time.
33-78 fps 1920x1200. I see you can move fast if you jump then attack.
Where is the public build!?!?!?! :D
Looks promising. I'll keep my eye on it. Testing now.