The best ever rain?!

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#1 Edited by Jimbo_N (1479 posts) -
Rainy Balmora. A Big rain classic !
Rainy Balmora. A Big rain classic !
Alright, heres a question I hope you dont see everyday. Which game, out of all games ever to include rain, has the most atmospheric raineffects? Now, Im not talking about the gameplay wise, BEST raineffects, i.e the best included wet track in a racing game. No, Im talking about the atmosphere, where the rain heightens the atmosphere of the game to levels otherwise impossible. Let me give you a couple of examples to get you started. First off I have to meantion Morrowind and Oblivion. Both of these games simulate the effect of random afternoon rain better than no other game. The feeling of your clothes getting wet and the pure smell of rain really gets through to you as a player when you´re traversing a small forest road or exploring a small fishing village. Both the sound and the actual weathereffect is brilliant in both games and includes everything from a couple of light drops to a full thunderstorm.  Morrowind in particular is stuck in my memory as a big wow moment when the first
The rainy Zelda introduction. Masterful !
The rainy Zelda introduction. Masterful !
rain started to fall, where you could see every drop land on the water and see the light grey fog sweep over the land together with heavy clouds. Another example that has to be brought up is the introduction to A Link to the Past where you wake up and can actually hear the rain pouring down on your house, and even tho it was only on the SNES it really sounded like rain, there was no doubt it was raining outside. And when you step outside to make your way to the caste the best looking rain on the SNES accompany you together with superb lighting and sound. That introduction would not have been one of the best ever if it wasnt for the rain. Now, lets talk rain! And no Mortal Kombat references are allowed ;)
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#2 Posted by RoboRobb (1091 posts) -

Id say the best rain ive seen in a game is in Call of Duty 4... Finally, britains weather looks actually good :)

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#3 Edited by Xymox (2364 posts) -
I realize this post might not make any sense at all gramatically but I am hella tired. That said, I can't but agree about the morrowind stuff. 
Very well made. I also remember the first time it started to rain in Morrowind. Quite the mood setter.  Only problem was that the rain drops, while able to produce ripples on water, left no marks on solid ground. But for atmosphere? Morrowind. No question about it.
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#4 Posted by BiggerBomb (7011 posts) -

Oblivion, Far Cry 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (both of them)

I'd go with those.

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#5 Posted by jangofett88 (366 posts) -

For it's time, Gran Turismo 3.

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#6 Posted by Zebadee (507 posts) -

Definitely S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky

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#7 Posted by OmegaPirate (5642 posts) -

Timesplitters 2

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#8 Posted by get2sammyb (6686 posts) -

I thought the GTA4 storm was pretty amazing actually.

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#9 Posted by inevpatoria (7064 posts) -

Project Gotham Racing 4, Oblivion, Grand Theft Auto IV all top my list. 

I think I'd even put the lighthouse mission from Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Act 3 of Gears of War on this list, too.

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#10 Posted by HandsomeDead (11853 posts) -
get2sammyb said:
"I thought the GTA4 storm was pretty amazing actually."
Yeah, those storms are amazing. Oblivion's were quite nice too, but while the sky looked really nice, the rest all seemed a bit flat on the screen, IIRC.
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#11 Posted by ParanoidFreak (1485 posts) -

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky has amazing weather effects. They the best I've ever seen, if I can find a video I'll post it.

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#12 Posted by inevpatoria (7064 posts) -
HandsomeDead said:
"get2sammyb said:
"I thought the GTA4 storm was pretty amazing actually."
Yeah, those storms are amazing. Oblivion's were quite nice too, but while the sky looked really nice, the rest all seemed a bit flat on the screen, IIRC."
It's the sound that does for me in Oblivion.  You can actually hear the raindrops pelting the foliage in the area.  Really brilliant sound design, though I think the thunder in Morrowind was a bit more, well, thunderous. 
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#13 Posted by KillaMaStA (878 posts) -

I had a pretty cool rain moment  in GTA4. I was playing in HD and it was at night and there was lightning and it was just so awesome.

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#14 Posted by inevpatoria (7064 posts) -
KillaMaStA said:
"I had a pretty cool rain moment  in GTA4. I was playing in HD and it was at night and there was lightning and it was just so awesome."
I <3 Grand Theft Auto IV.  I don't even care about the negativity it gets on these forums.  And the reason you listed is one of the very reasons I love -- I get totally, utterly immersed in it.
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#15 Posted by HandsomeDead (11853 posts) -
Sir_Ragnarok said:
"HandsomeDead said:
"get2sammyb said:
"I thought the GTA4 storm was pretty amazing actually."
Yeah, those storms are amazing. Oblivion's were quite nice too, but while the sky looked really nice, the rest all seemed a bit flat on the screen, IIRC."
It's the sound that does for me in Oblivion.  You can actually hear the raindrops pelting the foliage in the area.  Really brilliant sound design, though I think the thunder in Morrowind was a bit more, well, thunderous. "
Yes. That was one thing I remember really liking about that. One time I was doing something by a lake and the sound of it splashing was great. Like you mention about GTA IV, it's little things like that which really hekp build a nice level of immersion and atmosphere.
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#16 Posted by coonce (1608 posts) -

I love the rain effects in PGR4....

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The weather FX in this game have to be seen to be believed!
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#17 Posted by inevpatoria (7064 posts) -
coonce said:
"I love the rain effects in PGR4....
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The weather FX in this game have to be seen to be believed!"
You are winner. 

I've always liked the PGR series, and the amped-up weather effects really help the games, I think.  Nice variation.
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#18 Posted by BiggerBomb (7011 posts) -

It's funny that people go on and on about how amazing Crysis looks, forgetting all about the PGR series. PGR = Photorealistic Game Roar.

Sir_Ragnarok said:

"HandsomeDead said:
"get2sammyb said:
"I thought the GTA4 storm was pretty amazing actually."
Yeah, those storms are amazing. Oblivion's were quite nice too, but while the sky looked really nice, the rest all seemed a bit flat on the screen, IIRC."
It's the sound that does for me in Oblivion.  You can actually hear the raindrops pelting the foliage in the area.  Really brilliant sound design, though I think the thunder in Morrowind was a bit more, well, thunderous. "

I think on both the visual and audio side, Oblivion nailed the weather effects, simply because of the upgraded engine. But I do think that Morrowind's weather was much more atmospheric. As Sir_Rag. said, the thunder was a bit more thunderous. When there was a sandstorm, you had to get the fuck inside because there was no way you were going to get from point A to point B. Blizzards in Solstheim? Nope, snow day kids! Monsoons in the south? GTFO!

Oblivion is a beautiful game, and better in my opinion, but Morrowind managed to capture what it meant to have a real hell-raising storm on your hands. Although, that may just be because of Vvardenfel's inclement whether, whereas Cyrodiil is a more peaceful (weather-wise) province. That may sound like an excuse, but Bethesda jumps through every hoop when it comes to immersion and story telling.
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#19 Posted by Ma7moud (834 posts) -

Time shift

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#20 Posted by pause422 (6325 posts) -

Stalker clear sky has better weather effects than any game released atm.

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#21 Posted by Manks (862 posts) -

Oblivion and GTA 4 are games that I've played with great rain.

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#22 Edited by Zebadee (507 posts) -

Don't you find it ironic how the game with one of the best rain effects is called S.T.A.L.K.E.R  **Clear Sky**?

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#23 Posted by BiggerBomb (7011 posts) -
Zebadee said:
"Don't you find it ironic how the game with one of the best rain effects is called S.T.A.L.K.E.R  **Clear Sky**?"

Haha
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#24 Posted by Jimbo_N (1479 posts) -

I am going to bump this thread just for fun since I think its a rare and interesting discussion =)
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#25 Posted by Sjupp (1948 posts) -

Nothing beats walking around in a rainy Oblivion.

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#26 Posted by AjayRaz (12803 posts) -

that's a good question... i think GTA IV had some of the nicest rain i've seen in a game. Call of Duty 4 had some great looking rain, too. 

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#27 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2748 posts) -

Left 4 Dead 2. Also, GTA IV.

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#28 Posted by Mmmslash (2227 posts) -

...How about the rain in Heavy Rain?

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#29 Posted by buzz_killington (3655 posts) -
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#30 Edited by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption is the best by far. The thunder trumps any other game out there. It still doesn't hold a candle to the actual Texas storms, but they definitely tried. I hope creeks fill up and tornadoes spawn in the next one.
 
There's also Stalker. Having a gunfight outside in complete darkness with ONLY the muzzle flashes and lightning making your enemies visible is an incredible experience. Especially when a pack of Boars comes roaming through the battlefield, with only their eyes glowing between flashes.
 
@Mmmslash said:

" ...How about the rain in Heavy Rain? "
Too obvious.
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#31 Posted by RVonE (4993 posts) -

If I recall correctly, the second Uncharted had a pretty awesome rain scene in front of some temple.
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#32 Posted by Sinkwater (525 posts) -

The heaviest rain.  You know.

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#33 Posted by Mmmslash (2227 posts) -
@MrKlorox:  Obvious doesn't make it any less swell, though. The rain looked pretty rain-y!
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#34 Posted by jkz (4169 posts) -

Even if it's a somewhat easy pick, I'd go with Heavy Rain. I really felt the mood that accompanies rain while I played that game. 
 
Oh, and I'm one of those people who loves it when it rains. I actually feel rejuvenated when it starts raining, and Heavy Rain was the only game I've played that captured that.

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#35 Edited by Bionicicide (1230 posts) -

PGR4 and GTAIV.

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#36 Posted by DanielJW (4933 posts) -

The best rain is the heaviest of rain.

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#37 Posted by ninjakiller (3427 posts) -

RDR..the thunderstorms on my 7.1 system were amazing.  

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#38 Posted by IanBrooks (14 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption.  I love how the weather fronts roll in, and the lightning and thunder effects with the rain are awesome.

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#39 Edited by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -
@ninjakiller said:

" RDR..the thunderstorms on my 7.1 system were amazing.   "

Can you believe they still didn't use the subwoofer channel in that game at all? That was all bass downmixed from the 4 channels, not even counting the center one.
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#40 Posted by Bionicicide (1230 posts) -
@DanielJW said:

" The best rain is the heaviest of rain. "

 
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#41 Posted by Xtrememuffinman (951 posts) -
@Mmmslash said:
" ...How about the rain in Heavy Rain? "

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#42 Posted by Vorbis (2762 posts) -

 

 
Play it in 1080p, fullscreen, now imagine that while walking around in the pitch black trying to find anything.
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#43 Posted by jaymorgoth (267 posts) -

I really liked the rain in Heavy Rain as well, even just when it comes up to the logo being rained on it looks fantastic.  Red Dead Redemption looks amazing too when it comes to rain effects, especially how the sky looks when it rains.  Also Red Dead holds a special place because i was doing that mission where the drunk tries to sell his woman to you, so you buy her and she goes off to a covenant, and then you find out he came back and took her away. I was at the part where you learn he killed her and it was during a downpour. So the dual started up and i had rain just dripping down the other characters and as i shot the guy lightning flashed and thunder boomed. It was just...a perfect moment in that game.

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#44 Posted by Mikemcn (8175 posts) -
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#45 Posted by secretagent099 (130 posts) -
@Xtrememuffinman said:
" @Mmmslash said:
" ...How about the rain in Heavy Rain? "
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#46 Posted by GJSmitty (685 posts) -


It's obvious. Heavy RAIN. Jk, I've never played that before.

 
Uncharted 2's rainy section is pretty neat, but Oblivion's is awesome

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#47 Posted by ATrevelan (618 posts) -

I'm absolute in love with the effect that Stalker: CoP's rain has on how you play the game. The darkness makes everything so eerie that I often just hoof it to the nearest settlement to get some sleep until it goes away. As far as sound goes, I'm still impressed by how incredible the sound is in Oblivion when you walk outside and it's absolutely pouring. 
 
That being said, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is my favorite purely because I still remember how low my jaw dropped when I saw what the rain would do to the characters. It's the first game I remember that made me really believe something was wet.

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#48 Posted by trophyhunter (6038 posts) -

RDR's rain was pretty good

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#49 Posted by NTM (9805 posts) -

When I think about the question, I don't think about which represented the best looking rain in a game, but which game that had parts that rained in it that made you feel something. And, the only two I can think of are MW2 when DC goes dark, and Oblivion.

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#50 Posted by ninjakiller (3427 posts) -
@MrKlorox said:
" @ninjakiller said:

" RDR..the thunderstorms on my 7.1 system were amazing.   "

Can you believe they still didn't use the subwoofer channel in that game at all? That was all bass downmixed from the 4 channels, not even counting the center one. "
For serious?...Shit.

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