The evolution of water effects

Splashdown (2001, PS2/Xbox)
This was PS2's first real shot at convincing water effects and it worked. Shame the game itself was so dull. It's also noteworthy for its advertising campaign, which featured two models in wetsuits. When it rained on the billboards, the ink was designed to wash off, leaving them in their skimpy bikinis. Well, it got our attention.

Above: Look at that! The water looks real! Oh, were you looking at something else?

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.