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Does Unreal Still Look Unreal? Not Anymore!

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 76 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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    mjello , May 31, 2010 8:15 AM
    It seems something is missing in this piece of news...
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    proxicide , May 31, 2010 10:42 AM
    killerclickWow PC is crap! 360 FTW

    you do realize this was back in 1997, lol xbox fan boys
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    ksa-_-jed , May 31, 2010 8:07 AM
    Yes, this is an actual PC game screenshot. good to know :) 
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  • 24 Hide
    ksa-_-jed , May 31, 2010 8:07 AM
    Yes, this is an actual PC game screenshot. good to know :) 
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    dEAne , May 31, 2010 8:13 AM
    I know this will happen.
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    mjello , May 31, 2010 8:15 AM
    It seems something is missing in this piece of news...
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    johnyeah , May 31, 2010 8:20 AM
    While graphics seems to be ever improving, but it's seems like the development with game UI and gameplay have been stagnating. It's just a really biased opinion of mine, but that's what I think the developers should be working on.
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    Kelavarus , May 31, 2010 8:21 AM
    Haha. I don't play my old games anymore because I still have the memory that they have incredible graphics. Going back and playing them never seems to do them justice.
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    hotsacoman , May 31, 2010 8:26 AM
    Those were good days. Ya know, when games still had colored anything, lol.
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    snqwerty , May 31, 2010 8:31 AM
    For me unreal was one of the first Glide based games I played, and I still remember the first time I went outside the ship and looked down into a canyon, the view of the birds underneath and the music that joined it still rings in my head.

    I'll probably will not play this scene again, but in those days, it was real Unreal.
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    Lmeow , May 31, 2010 9:03 AM
    Wow! Textures!
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    liquidsnake718 , May 31, 2010 9:15 AM
    Haha, this is a funny and sarcastic article, sometimes its good to hav"ice-breaker" articles or news clips like these in order to instill a more fun and reminiscent atmosphere since toms always refers to the past.
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    liquidsnake718 , May 31, 2010 9:18 AM
    ActuallyMDK was even earlier than the original Unreal coming out a year earlier with 3d graphics and an "open" level playing field....
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    zmbcat , May 31, 2010 9:23 AM
    That bastard was hard to kill when i was playing this as kid ;F
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    rtfm , May 31, 2010 9:29 AM
    mjelloIt seems something is missing in this piece of news...


    You mean the news is missing from this news article.
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    proxicide , May 31, 2010 10:42 AM
    killerclickWow PC is crap! 360 FTW

    you do realize this was back in 1997, lol xbox fan boys
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    joytech22 , May 31, 2010 10:55 AM
    proxicideyou do realize this was back in 1997, lol xbox fan boys


    ^+1

    And..

    That game was GREAT fun when it came out, was so exciting to explore the detail put into the game :) 
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    fletchoid , May 31, 2010 10:55 AM
    I have fond memories of this game. For the time, the graphics were "Unreal" (to killerclick: what did Xbox 360 graphics look like in 1997? Oh, that's right, there was no such thing until 2005). The game was beautiful to look at, had excellent music that fit the scenes, bizarre weapons that were tons of fun to use, and exciting gameplay. It was also very very long, and difficult in the later stages. If not for cheat codes, I don't think I would ever have finished it. And speaking of cheat codes, my son spent hours and hours populating areas with various monsters, and then initiating mayhem by dropping a rival monster on the head of a mob, and then watching the mayhem that ensued. I wish the slick graphics games available these days all had excellent gameplay, but unfortunately, a lot of them are just pretty, but not fun.
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    Anonymous , May 31, 2010 10:58 AM
    This is old...

    *whispering* What was that? *more whispering* That's the point? Oh! I get it now, well done sir!
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    silky salamandr , May 31, 2010 11:01 AM
    rtfmYou mean the news is missing from this news article.


    If any of you dont know by now this should let you know that toms is just become a personal blog post for some of their employees(not naming names but the community knows who they are). Look for your hardware related news else where.
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    saran008 , May 31, 2010 11:08 AM
    Good to know :) 
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