The only way to go!
We use Maya for all of our 3D and animation needs in Video Game Development, there is no comparison! Maya can easily be extended to make your own tools enabling you to tweak your pipeline to it's fullest potential.
Also, make sure you buy from NOVEDGE! They had the best prices (seriously, they are 100's less than Autodesk even), and Scott was a huge help in figuring out my licensing situation. Thumbs up!