The evolution of water effects

BioShock (2007, Xbox 360/PC)
The water effects in BioShock are sublime. It even feels like you'll get wet feet if you walk in it. And when that set-piece happens at the start, you'll find yourself blinking as you step up into the cascading water so that it doesn't get in your eyes. Up close, the splashes may be a bit flat, but it's still a great improvement on previous FPS water effects. But there's one final example that beats even this...

Above: Wow, that looks amazing. Sometimes you forget how good graphics have got, eh?

Justin Towell

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine,, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.