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DF's latest Retro piece takes a look at the evolution of water in gaming, from the 8-bit era through to the PS2/Dreamcast

What are your favourite examples of H2O in games, whether it be a particularly nice looking implementation, or a water themed level?

Last edited by curl-6 - on 22 July 2018

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Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Super Mario Odyssey has probably my favourite water in a game so far. Crystal clear and the ability to dive through and walk on it as well as cap-turing the cheap cheaps and octopuses to play as were particularly fun in it.

Final Fantasy XV Altissia. First time entering this city in-game was pretty special.

I don't really have the time to watch the video right now, but it focuses on graphics, right?

Well, water is great as an aesthetic element and it can make environments look really good and unique, but I can't think of a single instance where interacting with water (aka underwater or swimming gameplay) was better than regular play. Not a single time.

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Had to do it.

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I'll rate that video 8.8, too much water

flashfire926 said:


Had to do it.

I remember Nintendo recently made a news post on the Switch about games with pretty water, it almost felt like a shoutout to this.

rather cool video especially back in the 8/16bit era to see the tricks they had to go through to try to get any form of believable effect on screen.
regarding water in current gen games, I think nothing was as awesome looking as the first time you enter Zora's Domain in Breath of the wild, when it's locked to raining there because of the story aspect in effect but yeah... this picture doesn't do it justice really.

The way water just runs off every surface around the place, including your character as well... it's just beautiful.

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Gotta hand to Sunshine's ingenious way of implementing water for it's time