The Unreal Engine graphics are extraordinary.
Video games are so realistic these days, it's almost hard to tell them apart from real life. In fact, game physics are so life-like now, some automakers like Porsche use Unreal Engine software to develop new cars. Aston Martin uses the software for its online configurator and for the first time ever, the GMC Hummer EV will have this technology integrated into the dashboard for drive mode animations. Once you see the Unreal Engine put to the test, it's easy to see why so many companies are so eager to use it.
If you own a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S, you can try out this software for free in a game called 'The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience.' The free demo allows developers and casual gamers to test out the Unreal Engine and perform life-like car stunts in a virtual environment.
The included video shows how true-to-life the vehicles and crashes in the game look. Though none of the cars are licensed, we can spot a few recognizable look-a-likes such as a Ford Crown Victoria, Explorer, Porsche 911, and Boxster. The video depicts a series of in-game crashes that show the Unreal Engine's life-like physics. Each crash involves realistic damage including broken glass, smashed body panels, and plenty of rollovers. The actual gameplay looks pretty convincing, but the cutscenes look as though they came straight from a Matrix movie.
It's unclear if the demo will spawn a full game, but we'll be the first ones in line to buy it upon release. Watching gameplay from The Matrix Awakens video game makes us hopeful that more car-related titles will use this software. Just imagine how great Forza Motorsports or Grand Theft Auto would look with these graphics. Forza Horizon 5 has pretty decent graphics, but they pale in comparison to the Unreal Engine.