Even More Water
Far Cry had the look of a real paradise lost. The island world had long sandy beaches, a great sea, and blue sky. The freedom of movement was amazing—you could swim, dive and access the entire tropical environment. In Crysis, the experience was improved further, but there’s still a little lacking when it comes to real rocks, thickly-grown banks, and strong swells. Generally speaking, nature has been well copied, but it’s still not quite perfect.
Large water surfaces simply ask too much of current PCs, so tricks are used. For example, things are put out-of-focus or there is fog in the background. Film productions have better computers rendering one frame at a time, and the animations and special effects also don’t have to run in real time. Thus, the water surfaces in Stargate Atlantis look very realistic, although reality has more complex wave movements and more lighting nuances to offer.