Ten Games That Have Amazing Lighting Effects

Posted By | On 29th, Sep. 2011 Under Feature, Slider | Follow This Author @GNReith

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So many various engines are designed to animate and render the games we enjoy. There’s a lot going on under the hood that we take for granted as we headshot that n00b for the millionth time, from physics and gravity, to wind and flowing particles. Lighting is one such graphical flourish that has seen a lot of development over the past few years. Here’s a run down of some of the games that have had the best lighting effects.
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Though Crysis 2 upped the graphical ante even further, Crytek's classic original was the game that allowed the lighting in CryEngine 2 to really shine. Seeing the light filter through the trees in the initial jungle environments is something you just don't forget.

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  • Alan Wake should be there… It haves the best light usage, ever.


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