Show me video game water

Some water pics I took while playing Steambot Chronicles this afternoon. This game ain’t a looker but it sure does rule so hard.



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pikmin

Pikmin 3’s Twilight River is what comes to mind for me — Watching your little guys pile onto a lily pad to float along the water is such a nice moment and the whole stage is designed around it!

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I’m surprised no one has posted Chrono Cross yet

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Screenshots in order of the amount of water.

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Magical Vacation - GBA

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red ninja end of honor has good water

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La Mulana
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Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap
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Psycho World
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Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys
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The first four are from my old screenshot Let’s Plays, the fourth one was posted by Kishi on the Talking Time forums.

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Reverse: 1999 has a mode where you make a little wilderness space for your dudes to hang out in, and you can get various tilesets to decorate it. All the tilesets have different colored water and I don’t know why they would do that

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It’s hard to find examples without spending a lot of time combing (or capturing) and trimming footage, but my absolute favorite usage of water in a video game is when you’re controlling a fast-moving vehicle or mount and you can skim across the surface of the water, sending those jets of mist up around you. Star Fox 64 is the best example I can think of, Ranger X does this, maybe the Panzer Dragoons? It’s such a specific feeling and it hits me just right every time

Star Fox 64 (Wii) screenshot: Gliding along the water.

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Panzer Dragoon has the proximity to water, but not the satisfying mist. Can’t speak to the sequels.

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Ace combat is a great example of this, because you’re not often that close to the surface so It’s always a nice surprise.

(best thing I found is a youtube short :roll_eyes:)

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Luftrausers does it! Big time. Skimming the water is like half the fun of playing this game for me lol

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The reflections in the water in Tales of Phantasia, more than the digitised voices, the action battle system, or the smutty language in a late-game cutscene, were what really impressed me about the game, for some reason:

Sadly they weren’t there for the GBA port:

Which is a crime worse than not picking up on the spell check converting Ragnarok to “Kangaroo”.

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WATER PHYSICS

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