The evolution of water effects

Ecco: Defender of the Future (2000, Dreamcast/PS2)
Rivalling Soul Calibur for the title of Dreamcast's best looking game, Ecco featured some interesting water effects. Under its surface, it was beautiful, with shifting light patterns, dappled surface and at times some simply amazing micro-life that moved in deep water like some kind of Discovery Channel showcase of the big blue. But on the surface, it had some funny colours and the illusion was shattered. Still, a commendable achievement.

Above: The first time we played this, we thought the dolphin looked real. Now... ahem

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.