Video Games With The Best Water Effects (RunDLC)

This week’s release of Hydrophobia on Xbox Live reminded us how much we dig water in video games. While not the most important feature, we can’t help but dive in just to see how it reacts. Some games, of course, do it better than others, so without further ado, here are the top picks for best virtual water effects.

John Artest (RunDLC)

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donniebaseball2968d ago

Good list. Water is definitely one of the hardest things to do for programmers. That and cloth/hair physics. Tough to pull off.

Buff10442968d ago

The Gran Turismo 5 effects look ridiculously incredible. Can't wait to play that game.

crzyjackbauer2968d ago


mgs4 only had water on that level

mgs4 first level was the only good one

i was hoping they would make an mgs3 remake
mgs3 had water all over the place

number472968d ago (Edited 2968d ago )

Halo 3 had some good water.. should be on the list.

MerkinMax2968d ago (Edited 2968d ago )

See for yourself

Skadoosh2968d ago

Yes Halo 3 had fantastic water effects. Thanks for the video man. Clearly the fanboys will disagree but that video looks nice :)

Gam3s4lif32968d ago (Edited 2968d ago )

*cough* PS3 fanboys disagree, what a surprise.

number472968d ago (Edited 2968d ago )

Im the king of ps3 fanboys on n4g. Props are given where props are due. halo3 had good water.(more so than a few questionable games on the list) So... ya... go somewhere else with the PS3fanboy nonsense.

AEtherbane2968d ago

5 metric ton spartans floated like leaves on it.

QuantumWake2968d ago

Halo 3 had great water. Definitely looked a bit more alive than other games. It also looks a lot "bumpier". Maybe due to tessellation? I know Reach supports tessellation for water.

Interaction? Halo 3's water was definitely interactive, but mostly in the campaign. The first level had some great water. Multiplayer water physics was a bit underwhelming.

number472968d ago (Edited 2968d ago )

All 360/multiplat games are dumbed down at multiplayer. Gears 2 is a shining example of this.

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ALFAxD_CENTAURO2968d ago (Edited 2968d ago )

Why the Submitter added a real life Picture as a Thumbail?

¿Is that Gran Turismo 5? OMG.

kaveti66162968d ago

Cryostasis had much better water than all of this. And was Uncharted 2 on the list? Nope. It deserves to be there.

That's the tech demo of cryostasis, a mediocre game with the best demonstration of water effects I've ever seen. Even more impressive than crysis in some ways because it's more interactive.

ATi_Elite2968d ago

Good list but they left out the Hands Down Winner:

Cryostasis for the PC has the best use of water Physx in any game.

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Skadoosh2968d ago

I love Uncharted but the water effects were average at best.

DlocDaBudSmoka2968d ago

the water reacted like it would for real. when u walk through water you get wet, and dry off over time. That exactly happens in UC1.

Skadoosh2968d ago

In the beginning of the video the water comes rushing down very unrealistically looking and once he jumps on the ski jet, there is very lil impact on the water. The vehicles in Halo 3 make a much better impact on water. Uncharted is amazing looking but not the water.

Hideo_Kojima2968d ago (Edited 2968d ago )

I think you tried to find the worst possible laggiest video to make it look bad...

Shame on you.

Let me try and find a proper video at list and I will edit it after.


UnwanteDreamz2968d ago (Edited 2968d ago )

Troll harder Halo 3 water looled like GTA4 water. You have the nerve to call others fanboys.

Same guy who thinks Alan Wake looks just as good as UC2

crzyjackbauer2968d ago

uncharted water looked good
just that. it looked good it didint react good

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spdarksky2968d ago

Other then the water effects the cloth....????? The cloth effects as seen in Uncharted also can be seen at Tomb Raider Underworld and Prince Of Persia Forgotten Sands.

BillOreilly2968d ago

Alan Wake had great water effects. The lake wan everything was beautifully done.

Skadoosh2968d ago

I agree. Alan Wake was just overall a beautiful game.

crzyjackbauer2968d ago

looks at the fanboys disagree

gears of war just has the best raining effects on my book

uncharted 2 had good water effects

nefertis2968d ago

gt5, uc2 and heavy rain water effects look gorgeous.

theonlylolking2968d ago

They put in bioshock 1 and 2 instead of saying bioshock series.

I thought halo 3 had great water effects. The water didnt look real but the physics where great. Halo reachs water physics are not that good but it looks better than halo 3 water.

Gt5 is not even out yet so this should not be listed even though it has amazing water effects.

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