If I had to guess, I would say that they cranked up the motion on the water just to show off the newer water effect. To really show the wave effect in it. That's my guess. Im quite sure the water is adjustable. These people are not idiots or amatures. I still haven't seen a game that looked better than the original Unreal. Wolfy comes real close, and while the Q3 engine has some really neat effects (shaders), it still doesn't produce the environmental feeling I had while exploring the Unreal maps. Wolfy looked sweet on my GF3, but there were only a few places that made me "oooh and ahhh". For the most part it was the same old stuff. Call me spoiled. I will say that wolfy Single player is the first game to give Half Life a run for it's money....but still the story wasn't as intense as Half Life, and I found the End battle of Wolfy to be a bore.
As for water, I always thought the water in Unreal 1 was the best looking I have seen. Q3 water is not very impressive, and I have an Xbox and can tell you that I don't find Halo's water all that exciting either. The first time I saw a huge waterfall in Unreal I about shit myself....and the ripples....supercool.
Anyway, like someone else says, screenshots NEVER do a game justice. Just look at movie shots. Have you ever seen a capture of a movie frame that actually looked good?
Lets face it...we are all ready for the next big engine. Unreal2 will be cool to keep us busy until Id's next engine is out, but that's what we really want. While I love new games, and currently I am ripping it up in Urban Terror (a q3 TC), I am burned out on the Q3 engine. I always find myself wondering what Carmack and crew have brewing for us. We haven't heard jack about the new doom engine since the Macworld stuff!
ID....PLEASE GIVE US AN UPDATE ON YOUR NEW PROJECT!!!
He cut the possum's face off then cut around the eye socket. In the center of the belt buckle, where the possum's eye would be, he has placed a small piece of wood from his old '52 Ford's home made railroad tie bumper. Damn, he misses that truck.