Buy Maya Lt
Its not for rendering outside of the real time viewport and play blasting. Their target audience is indy game studios and game artist. They dont need rendering or mental ray. However, they do say that if you want to render then you can just export your scenes to something else (say keyshot) and render there, or even Blender. Rendering in the full version of maya is powerful but hardly user friendly. Most just end up using an external render (via plugin) or stand alone anyways.
buy maya lt
Look its fine to bash ADSK, they deserve it. Maya on its own is a good application though, and Maya LT isnt bad in its approach. Their fears of it cannibalizing the full version of maya keep them from making it worth buying at the moment, but that can change. 041b061a72