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These Video Games Have REAL Sky and Constellations!

Updated: Jun 7, 2023


Dalia and I love astronomy and astrophotography... but we also both love video games! 🕹


When playing video games, we really appreciate when developers actually care about the night sky and reproduce the skybox true to life in their games. In this post, I'm going to go over a few of our favorite video games where the in-game night sky matches our real-life sky!


Some of these are really impressive and are extremely close to reality.. while some others are a bit disappointing, but deserve credit for trying anyway 😅 And yes, I kept the best of the end!


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Real Sky in video games
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Kid playing Playstation in the 90's

Dalia and I often play games together, some of our favorite co-op games include Borderlands, Left 4 Dead, Portal, Cuphead, and more.


Fun fact: I worked for 2K Games (NBA 2K, WWE 2K, Borderlands, Bioshock...) for 2 years before deciding to go full-time on Galactic Hunter.



The picture above is me playing FIFA (and even dressed for the occasion) on Playstation 1 sometime in the 90's. 😃



 

1 - Red Dead Redemption 2


Red Dead Redemption 2 logo

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an action-adventure game in an open world. You control Arthur Morgan (a cool cowboy) in the Wild Wild West of 1899.


This was probably the most anticipated game of 2018 due to how incredible the first Red Dead Redemption back in 2010 was.


  • Developer: Rockstar Studios

  • Publisher: Rockstar Games

  • Release date: October 26, 2018

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Microsoft Windows, Stadia


 

What does the Night Sky look like in Red Dead Redemption 2?


The game has a great day-night cycle so players can enjoy hunting coyotes, robbing banks, or camping long after the sun has set.


If you take the time to look up to the stars, you should immediately notice the bright moon, but also the Summer Milky Way band!

The Milky Way looks very impressive! The developers packed a ton of stars in that area to make it look much brighter than the rest of the sky, and the Milky Way band itself is full of dark orange and blue nebulosity, similar to real life.


The Milky Way in Red Dead Redemption 2
The Milky Way in Red Dead Redemption 2. Credit: u/jshzczjskzbd on Reddit

The moon, on the other hand, looks... out of place. For some reason, the developers did not take the time to double-check where they placed our natural satellite, and so the moon appears to the north. Something to note though is that the moon cycles were taken into account, so you do not see the same phase of the moon every night!


Now, are there any recognizable constellations in Red Dead Redemption 2?

The answer is YES! Constellations like Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, and more can be seen.


Finally, you can easily find Polaris in the night sky, and every star rotates around it, which is true to life!


The constellations in Red Dead Redemption 2