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Does Unreal Still Look Unreal? Not Anymore!

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

Yes, this is an actual PC game screenshot.

With the rapid pace of hardware and software advancement, games keep looking better and better.

There's no question that games from previous decades look like silly puppet shows compared to what we get to see from Crysis, especially in light of this fantasy mod.

It's startling, then, to look back on this cover of Next-Generation magazine and see it declare that, "Yes, this is an actual PC game screenshot."

I still remember picking this issue up from my mailbox and marveling at Unreal's texturing and colored lighting. Oh, to see that game again through eyes from 1997.

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    FunSurfer , 31 May 2010 16:31
    But the ambience of the game is still unreal and no other game has ever came close to it.
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    mi1ez , 31 May 2010 18:32
    news?
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    hundredislandsboy , 31 May 2010 18:41
    I wish I could flip through that magazine and see more pics and prices of those 3d cards too!
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    jamesedgeuk2000 , 31 May 2010 19:18
    HundredIslandsBoyI wish I could flip through that magazine and see more pics and prices of those 3d cards too!


    in 1997 they would have been comparing the 3DFX Voodoo Rush, the Nvidia Riva 128, the ATi rage LT Pro and the Matrox Mystique

    The Voodoo would have been a hands down winner as it used the Glide API and in those days OpenGL and Direct3D couldn't compete with it
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    sanphire , 31 May 2010 19:32
    Still to this day - one of the greatest FPS' to grace PC's. If you get the DirectX plug-in, the latest patches, and a few fan-made mods the graphics are still good enough to play through - and well worth it - few games have topped the brilliantly tense atmosphere Unreal created when you first meet the bad-ass Skarjj in a dark tunnel...
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    bv90andy , 31 May 2010 22:31
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    jamesedgeuk20003DFX Voodoo Rush, the Nvidia Riva 128, the ATi rage LT Pro and the Matrox Mystique

    the names of the praphics cards were awesome compared to today.
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    wonspur , 31 May 2010 23:29
    SO MANY POLYGONS *cream*
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    cj_online , 1 June 2010 02:47
    Why are people still wasting time on this BS... move on folks..

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    hundredislandsboy , 1 June 2010 13:00
    what? don't u know first 3d gaming cards are like first girlfriends? u never forget about them and how thrilling the beginning was!
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    gaborbarla , 1 June 2010 17:32
    Yeah I don't understand why is it so hard to create another Unreal game.
    1) Dont make stupid plot with mercenaries (Unreal 2), and over complicate the plot with special missions.
    2) Just drop some dude on an unexplored planet.
    3) Use retro "Amiga tracker" music made by the same composer.
    4) Create tons of awesome scenes with fitting music.
    5) Recreate the Skaarj in HD :) 
    6) Re-use most weapons from UT3 :) 

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    gemmakaru , 1 June 2010 20:01
    I had a Voodoo and later a voodoo 2 and they were awsome, I used to spend a little time just looking at the sky marveling at the clouds above. Fantastic gameplay also, really pulls you through the game. Aww nossy rush.
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    ksampanna , 1 June 2010 22:52
    What on earth was the mag editor thinking?
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    gaborbarla , 1 June 2010 23:28
    ksampannaWhat on earth was the mag editor thinking?


    I am sure he was pretty blow away by the awesome detail of the six pack on that model. I remember how amazed I was at seeing the brutes in Quake 1 in all their 3D glory. No longer were enemies 2D sprites a la duke nukem.

    I remember that it was the water effects that blew us away the most in unreal. They were simply unreal.