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The History Of Water In Video Games: From River Raid to Uncharted

70 Games spanning 27 years from River Raid and Frogger to Uncharted and BioShock. It's interesting to see how far water effects have progressed in games, from a simple blue shade, to a few extra animated pixels, to complete shimmering beauty.

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MK_Red6009d ago

That Beyond Good & Evil part makes me sad. It had everything. Superb story, great graphics with stnning water effects, fun gameplay and everything else :(

It's really cool how much the game industry has improved in 30 years and the evolution of water effects are a great example. Bioshock and Uncharted are definitly the best.

iNcRiMiNaTi6009d ago

its crazy but that game still wowed me after getting the 360. i first played it after getting gears of war because i heard so many good things about it so i had to try it out, and i wasnt disappointed. awesome game. its also crazy how that games water effects are better than CoD4's water on the boat mission. and cod4 is supposed to be one of today's advanced games

MK_Red6009d ago (Edited 6009d ago )

True. It's a real classic.
Good point about COD4's water. BG&E had some seriously cool water effects.

masterg6009d ago

There was no need for this video.
They could jusut have compared the Wii with PS3/360.... ;o) JK

mesh16009d ago

dont be fooled people MK RED IS AN AVID sony troll just check the headline of this articles its clearly states bioshock also but MK RED leftout that part yawn he puts a good front up tho=). (for bubbles)

MK_Red6009d ago (Edited 6009d ago )

1.If you had checked my earlier comments, you would have known that BioShock is my fave game of 2007 not Uncharted.
2.I added the BioShock part to the article, it's not even in the original description!!! Check the GT link and read it's text. The BioShock in the intro is my addition :)

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Torch6009d ago (Edited 6009d ago )

I feel as if my life just flashed before my 33 year-old eyes.

During that video, I can't believe how seeing many of those games warped me back to so many specific moments in my life while growing up.

It's also interesting to see how technologically spoiled we've gotten over the years...while looking back at all those games and their dated graphics, it's amazing how far developers have come. Funny thing is, I remember being blown away and mesmerized by all those jaggy graphics and limited gameplay during heydays of many of those games.

Yes, me and a buddy actually once spent hours - and somehow got a kick out of - playing Atari 2600's Fishing Derby! Go figure.

Thank you for that fun blast from the past!

MK_Red6009d ago

Fishing Derby was really fun back then. I was very small but still enjoyed it alot along with H.E.R.O and Pitfall. HERO is definitly my fave Atari 2600 game.

rev206009d ago (Edited 6009d ago )

Dizzy Prince of the Yolk Folk.


heyheyhey6009d ago

these will all get trumped by the upcoming game- hydrophobia whcih focuses on water effects

MK_Red6009d ago

Good one. Hydrophobia seemed to be using a really technically advanced water system. Still, the game has gone completely under the radar for some time :(

Gazman6009d ago

One of my all time favorite games and close to one of the first that I played, and I still play it today. Got to love the classics

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15 Great Games Where Every Minute of the Experience Feels Earned

GB: "We take a look at 15 amazing games that had the perfect length."

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coolbeans20d ago

Pretty good list. Botany Manor would be the newest addition that encapsulates that title.


Anyone else not blown away with graphics these days? Me neither

Talal writes: "I'm talking about having that rush of excitement - that feeling you get when you know you've just made a memory for a lifetime."

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OptimusDK23d ago

There are different games. Some have gamplay at it highest priority, some have the story, some have the replay value and choices... There are a lot of different game experiences.

It is laughable that just now graphics does not have anything to do with that experiene. We have had many games of that type over time. This is just the one that have come closest to feel like playing an actual movie. Just look the the Digital foundry walkthrough it is a masterpiece in that perspective and hence wrth trying. But yes do not do it for the gameplay - but that was never the goal of this experience.

GamerRN23d ago

It's because it's on Xbox. When Xbox has amazing graphics, they don't matter. When PlayStation does, it's a game changer!

Lightning7723d ago

Pretty much my thoughts. They were technical marvel's on PS and still are. The moment Xbox puts out a graphically intense game is doesn't matter suddenly.

4 years ago this month would the UE5 tech demo debut with the girl flying (tech demo said it was only possible on PS5 because of the SSD. Glad to finally see it in its glory.

fr0sty23d ago

FFS, gaming journalism has really gone downhill. At least hire people with a basic grasp of grammar... "Me neither" means the exact opposite of what the "author" is trying to say. That's like saying "I could care less"... lol.

S2Killinit23d ago

Maybe because the gameplay being dull allowed it to have the amazing graphics and people are not as impressed by graphics alone anymore? I mean there is a lot of sites saying the story and the gameplay are lackluster. So what are we supposed to enjoy then? Cgi graphics are beautiful but since they arent interactive, they dont impress me as much as they used to. Thats an extreme example, but you get my drift.

Terry_B23d ago

When Playstation (Sony) does it..its usually a great game and not a cinematic experience..or at least something new at the Until Dawn back in 2015.