Re: Skyrim graphics
The water doesn't even come close to games like Just Cause 2 and The Witcher 2, Crysis yeah. Just Cause 2 uses CUDA. Skyrims water texture looks flat, there is no tide and light doesn't shine on the water dynamically.
Games have shadow quality issues because they're mostly DX9 and old tech, Just Cause 2 didn't because it had High resolution shadow support, so did Gothic 4. Skyrim doesn't employ any blur on such shadows, that's why they look pixelly and crap and even Oblivion had better quality shadows. Skyrim's waterfalls don't even animated long distance, they just a low quality texture.
Gothic 4 is a lot more dynamic in the graphics department.