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Best Water Graphics Jun. 20th, 2012 @ 03:38 PM Reply

It's a part of every review - how good does the water look? It's usually just a sentence or two, but when I'm playing a game like Far Cry 2, I like to stop and admire the water. Call me weird, but it's cool to see the sun reflecting off the water and watch the ripples as you walk through it.

So, what game's H2O stands out to you?

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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 20th, 2012 @ 03:41 PM Reply

HL2's water is beautiful. Can't say the same about the water physics, but yeah,


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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 20th, 2012 @ 03:44 PM Reply

Just Cause 2 had nice underwater bits, not exactly realistic but it was pleasant to look at.

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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 20th, 2012 @ 04:36 PM Reply

World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm may have had the only water area in a video game that I ever enjoyed in my life. That was just in excitement terms, but otherwise it looked cartoony.

When it comes to looks OF the water - I'd have to say Just Cause 2, Test Drive Unlimited/2, and Bioshock had some pretty amazing looking water graphics.

Oh, and Skyrim, it just looked like ass when you jumped into it.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 20th, 2012 @ 05:00 PM Reply

They use these water effects in Resistance 2 and 3 too.

The Darkness had pretty nice water as well. You could even see your own reflection and stuff.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 20th, 2012 @ 08:43 PM Reply

Wave Race: Blue Storm for the Gamecube has the best water graphics of all-time.

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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 20th, 2012 @ 08:58 PM Reply

Rockstar's GTA IV had nice surface water effects, and Red Deadredemption the characters clothes actually get wet and darken


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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 20th, 2012 @ 09:04 PM Reply

If were talking realistic I have to give it to Assassins Creed if were talking visual I'd have to give it to Sonic Unleash- Generations.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 20th, 2012 @ 09:36 PM Reply

At 6/20/12 05:00 PM, IrishGun wrote: They use these water effects in Resistance 2 and 3 too.

The Darkness had pretty nice water as well. You could even see your own reflection and stuff.

Thats some damn good water. And it should be too, water is everywhere in R&C games. All of them have water, even in places where it doesn't make sense to have water.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 20th, 2012 @ 11:45 PM Reply

Mario Party 4.
Any mini-game that had water in it, always looked refreshing! :)
That and Super Mario Sunshine.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 21st, 2012 @ 12:00 AM Reply

Super Mario Sunshine has my vote. The water is just gorgeous, even today.

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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 21st, 2012 @ 01:17 AM Reply

Super Mario Sunshine/Galaxy, Skyrim, and Spyro: Ripto's Rage/Year of the Dragon

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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 21st, 2012 @ 08:40 PM Reply

At 6/20/12 08:58 PM, PuRpLe-KusH wrote: Rockstar's GTA IV had nice surface water effects, and Red Deadredemption the characters clothes actually get wet and darken

The shitty thing in Red Dead Redemption is that you couldn't swim. I thought I could just cross over to Mexico just by swimming to it, but apparently not.

Good water graphics though.

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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 21st, 2012 @ 10:08 PM Reply

wind waker


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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 21st, 2012 @ 10:21 PM Reply

Super mario sunshine

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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 23rd, 2012 @ 04:12 AM Reply

The game isn't out yet, but from what I have seen in previews the water in Far Cry 3 just looks gorgeous. If that water were a lady I would rape it.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 23rd, 2012 @ 05:52 AM Reply

It's funny because with my old computer I wasn't able to have water detail or shadow detail or light shafts etc. on with any games as my old graphics card and memory was awful. Now I saw the water in World of Warcraft at top quality, and I was speechless. Not really because of the programming itself as other games likely have better water effects, but simly for the fact I had never seen good water effects on my pc before.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Jun. 24th, 2012 @ 04:07 AM Reply

Team Fortress 2.

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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 24th, 2013 @ 12:20 PM Reply

Hi everyone!

All those games have such great water effects but I may relate to you a shocking news...
a hidden gem, never spoken of...
I accidentally found it: yeah like you I too have loved Wave Race 64 to the bone and think and admire to this day that this game is the pioneer of water wave physics in videogames and its one of the most difficult soft body dynamics to pull through in a gaming engine...

BUT!

When I found this little gem, I got it throwing Wave-Race-64 out of water....

People, its name is: "DEAD in the WATER" for the PSX,

Yeah, you read it right... the original PS1 and in 1997 at that(1 year after Wave Race 64) and it had every single thing that is linked to water physics:
-Interactive + 3D waves (not just plain surface textures)
-Dynamic, multiple height waves
-Environmental Debris falling in water producing 3D waves!!!
-Weapons affecting the water volume and changing surface!
-True buoyancy effects on boats and environment objects(dynamic wobbling)
-Its fair share of transparency

All these features on a system 5 times weaker than the Nintendo 64. Definitely it's not as pretty as Wave Race 64 but definitely better and complete in physics and water behavior. Wonder why this game has never been mentioned?
It truly is the pioneer in fully-featured water dynamics. Check out yourself:

http://vimeo.com/80129306

Please share your views how you find this shocking PS1 wonder.

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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 24th, 2013 @ 12:23 PM Reply

The ones I have seen with the best looking water graphics are either Assassin's Creed 3 or GTA V is the best ones with good looking water.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 24th, 2013 @ 12:36 PM Reply

At 6/21/12 10:21 PM, BumFodder wrote: Super mario sunshine

Yea, this and GTA4 and 5.

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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 24th, 2013 @ 02:23 PM Reply

At 6/21/12 10:08 PM, Crink wrote: wind waker

This is what water in Wind Waker looks like.

Loved it though

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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 24th, 2013 @ 03:12 PM Reply

Crysis 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SwPlb8SebE (I hate to mute the music lol)

I actually think it looks better than the water in the new Crysis.

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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 24th, 2013 @ 03:14 PM Reply

GTA SA was great for its time but looking back it was ass


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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 25th, 2013 @ 03:47 AM Reply

So far I think GTA V has the best water graphics I've come across in a game, when it rains the people gets realistically wet (hell they sweat) and the under water experince is just awesome. I remember I was blown away the first time under water. I'm sure there is some PC games that have a lot better water graphics but since I'm not really a PC gamer I wouldn't know any way.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 25th, 2013 @ 11:11 AM Reply

At 6/21/12 10:08 PM, Crink wrote: wind waker

Was coming here just to say that.

At 11/24/13 02:23 PM, Splats wrote: This is what water in Wind Waker looks like.

Loved it though

Thats one of my favorite shades of blue. So of course I love it.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 25th, 2013 @ 04:03 PM Reply

This may sound odd, but No Heroes Allowed has some really attractive water graphics when it comes to 2D visuals.

Nothing can beat the water effects of The Last of Us though. More than the water I just love how Joel's clothes look wet too for a while.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 25th, 2013 @ 04:58 PM Reply

I like the water effects in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.


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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 26th, 2013 @ 07:25 PM Reply

At 6/20/12 08:43 PM, ZJ wrote: Wave Race: Blue Storm for the Gamecube has the best water graphics of all-time.

/thread
Lol, that's certainly interesting.

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Response to Best Water Graphics Nov. 26th, 2013 @ 08:23 PM Reply

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has beautifully made water physics and shading. I have high promise for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on the water graphics.


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