Unreal by Future Crew
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release date : july 1992
release party : Assembly 1992
compo : pc demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 78%
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added on the 2001-01-01 23:49:39 by saffron saffron

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This must be the first megademo I'd ever seen on the PC... runs fine on a 386 and it's got awesome gfx, killer music for its time and it's the next best thing for future crew after Second Reality. A must have.
added on the 2001-02-06 02:26:41 by moT moT
This must be the best megademo I was never be able to watch it without computer problems :P

I could only see the parts by pressing Escape in my old 486. In my Pentium it's much worse. The music stops :P

And I would love very much to see it with music. The intro, the main part with the scrollers (I loved very much the music on this part,.) the great gfx and musics..

I shall think oneday to find some old 386 or 486 or something... (Or do a descent PC2PC Emulator pliz!)
added on the 2001-02-20 11:15:08 by Optimus Optimus
Works fine on my P3 in DOS without mem-managers of any kind. I have a GUS though [grin]
rulez added on the 2001-06-05 19:22:24 by fractalgp fractalgp
Like moT, this was the first "megademo" I'd ever seen on the PC (I'd seen smaller stuff before). So when I downloaded more demos, I was hoping they'd be even better than Unreal (and for a while, I was let down).

v1.1 is more compatible and even works on some modern machines (textures part is WAY too fast), but if you're a fan, find v1.0 and give it a try. It has a longer scroller in the first part (2 scrollers arguing with each other!) and the infamous "let's kick some balls" line which was replaced in v1.1.

Watching this demo on the bigscreen at Mekka/Symposium 2001 was a great oldskool experience, and did the demo great justice since it was only shown on a small TV at ASM92, AFAIK.
added on the 2001-06-19 01:18:50 by phoenix phoenix
This demo opens my eyes for the demoscene. I think that every scener must see this really "unreal" production.
rulez added on the 2001-08-28 10:57:29 by galen galen
Cool! But I can almost not watch it anymore... :P
rulez added on the 2001-10-22 14:50:56 by Optimus Optimus
the day the pc demoscene was born...
rulez added on the 2001-11-08 15:15:31 by brioche brioche
This is real...

This is unreal.

Well, it was at the time :-)
(had to vote)
rulez added on the 2001-12-27 14:18:00 by moT moT
Nice prod, but I prefer Second Reality over this one, although none of this are my favourites
added on the 2002-01-24 21:15:29 by shash shash
Everyone must see this!!! A true CLASSIC.
rulez added on the 2002-01-27 17:50:22 by Nezbie Nezbie
I showed this to lots of people when I first got a hold of it :)
rulez added on the 2002-01-27 18:19:04 by bigcheese bigcheese
It was the very first demo that I have seen. I have downloaded it from an Amiga multiline bbs and from this time I was addicted to demos. ASM'93 was my first demoparty then (with the successor Second Reality and some other cool stuff) :)
added on the 2002-03-13 04:59:00 by Crest Crest
First demoscene prod I had ever seen. It blew me away - simply kicked arse over the cracktros I had collected =)
rulez added on the 2002-03-13 07:35:52 by ript ript

Too bad that some parts are too long, some parts run a tad too fast... But it's great if you consider it overall.
rulez added on the 2002-03-19 10:45:14 by Gargaj Gargaj
this is ubber
rulez added on the 2002-03-19 10:55:46 by analogue analogue
there you go - a divx version! and there are even ones with english and finnish comments from the authors!
rulez added on the 2002-03-19 12:17:40 by bhead bhead
Thanks bhead for those links!
Great that someone finally divX'ed that great demo to preserve for the future!
Although it's always best to be able to watch it LIVE on a realtime computer... ;-)
Anyways...gone to leeech! ;-)
rulez added on the 2002-03-19 14:43:30 by Weasel Weasel
wow, that finnish interview represents finnish tv entertainment in its purest form - it's like a rainy day funeral with four people present and they're embarassed because they can barely remember the dead guy's name.
but it's cool to have the divx version... this is of course a milestone demo for the pc scene. seeing the "worldvector" again reminds how amazing it was, and the tunes are still nice to listen to and thoroughly familiar (annoying how short they are cut in the demo, though).
phoenix: you're right, the "let's kick some balls" line is missing... well, for FC the PC scene apparently meant "Politically Correct" as well...
rulez added on the 2002-03-19 18:30:52 by saffron saffron
It will be even cooler to have the DVD version (shameless plug ;). Really though, it should be closer to the original speed, muuch nicer video and sound, and no video signal displays :). Liked the commenting clip tho! Oh, and here's the thumb up I apparently missed before. (p.s. abyss, get me those forms back! :)
rulez added on the 2002-03-20 00:27:03 by phoenix phoenix
Didn't I vote for this? DAMN!

Brilliant demo. Way ahead of it's time, did some real ripples in the pond. It's laughable at this point, but then again: if you really think it is, you probably never were ito demos anyway =)
rulez added on the 2002-03-20 03:03:29 by Shifter Shifter
Thanks bhead... the link rules :) A low-quality divx of second reality is sitting there too.. as well as some other fun stuff. It's a shame that single pixels don't show up properly at all in it... but it's still much much better than nothing.
added on the 2002-03-20 04:49:10 by bigcheese bigcheese
I watched it on my p133 and it runs well. Maybe i should try it on my ol' amstrad 386 sx 20Mhz :)
Great demo
rulez added on the 2002-03-22 09:32:07 by MooZ MooZ
rulez added on the 2002-03-22 10:25:38 by PigPen PigPen
It´s soooo classic! The best demo ever!
rulez added on the 2002-05-08 21:10:16 by Torsf@ntti Torsf@ntti
I don't know, whether this is the best demo ever, but it is one of the best. Maybe it is better than Unreal ][. Hey, this demo is 10 years old and it still rules. There you can see how good fc really was.
rulez added on the 2002-06-27 22:22:53 by René Madenmann René Madenmann
boring shit.
sucks added on the 2002-06-27 22:24:08 by picazzo picazzo
picazzo: What you say?
picazzo: wasn't 'boring shit' in '92
rulez added on the 2002-06-27 22:28:48 by funktion funktion
didn't get any kicks from the demo back in 92-93, and certainly don't get any kicks from it now... it's ok, but nothing more...
added on the 2002-06-27 22:52:44 by britelite britelite
I concur, it wasn't a masterpiece, but not 'boring shit' either IMO
added on the 2002-06-27 22:54:16 by funktion funktion
Great in 92, but became boring in 93 already
added on the 2002-06-27 23:32:04 by dixan dixan
classic, EXCELLENT music
rulez added on the 2002-06-28 00:09:11 by ileaardbei ileaardbei
A true classic indeed :)
rulez added on the 2002-06-28 00:14:46 by dairos dairos
10 years anniversary thumbs up.
rulez added on the 2002-06-28 10:37:55 by tomaes tomaes
10 years of azzkikking and counting...
rulez added on the 2002-06-28 10:46:11 by FooLman FooLman
Oldschool appeal, tight code, the design leaves a lot to be desired.
added on the 2002-08-12 11:19:58 by nf nf
MF!: Yes it was boring, even in '92! I had it on my dads computer and it was boring to watch. (i found that my dad had porno on that computer too)
added on the 2002-09-04 23:04:09 by picazzo picazzo
well, ass 'Dirty' Harry Callahan used to say:
"opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one" ;)
added on the 2002-09-04 23:33:18 by funktion funktion
Nothing special.
added on the 2002-11-06 12:46:56 by sprocket sprocket
fat owns on this one! music I like
rulez added on the 2002-12-10 11:14:12 by JuvenileShithead JuvenileShithead
rulez added on the 2002-12-14 07:33:56 by danb danb
a milestone in scene history
rulez added on the 2003-01-07 15:27:31 by daison daison
a milestone in scene history

pc-scene history
added on the 2003-01-07 15:49:20 by dalezr dalezr
damn! When the landscape came i got goosebums eheh :) So fucking nice!!! All of it is nice, gfx, music, code, EVERYTHING! No new demo can compare with this. To0 bad no1 makes co0l stuff like this now'a'days :(
rulez added on the 2003-01-07 23:52:56 by LHS LHS
This, and Crystal Dream by Triton were indeed the first real demos on PC, which could be compared to Amiga-demos.

The start of the PC era.
rulez added on the 2003-04-12 19:03:04 by Scali Scali
it's very boring, but I like it :)
rulez added on the 2003-06-05 13:42:11 by hhhhhhh hhhhhhh
If you've been a programmer since early 90's you'll know how much thinking and work it takes make such a demo! Indeed, this and the Crystal Dreams demo and may I add Amnesia by Renaissance were amazing. If only they would run on modern machines!
rulez added on the 2003-09-01 01:01:29 by kazor kazor
unreal was probably the first demo i saw (1994ish or something) and was like 'whoa, how did they do this' :)
rulez added on the 2003-09-01 01:17:14 by stonda stonda
Nothing to add... Simply super!
rulez added on the 2003-10-21 13:00:51 by izecolt izecolt
this was my first timer into watching demos and adoring scene... i probably saw it around 50 times or something - future crew rocked my world back in the early 90s!
rulez added on the 2004-01-15 01:25:38 by z3b7t3r z3b7t3r
watched it today on http://ytv.yodel.net/
rulez added on the 2004-02-20 09:14:16 by kimi kardashian kimi kardashian
rulez added on the 2004-03-25 05:14:48 by psenough psenough
soundtrack still kicks butt.. along with the effects!
btw: it was kinda hip to render its chars/logos for a while.. but nowadays the 3ds4-logos simply seem to suck..
rulez added on the 2004-04-27 13:40:12 by toxie toxie
Amazing effects for 1992 exscuse me while I go watch this again. soundtrack too
rulez added on the 2004-09-15 11:31:19 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
Horrifyingly dated now, but this is one of the demos that got me into the scene originally (yaay for bbs's) so it has a special place in my heart.
rulez added on the 2004-11-05 21:51:02 by witeshade witeshade
Yes great demo, I've just discovered it recently, thanks to dosbox, (open source dos emulator). The music is very good, the effects are nice, and the graphics too.
rulez added on the 2004-11-21 15:05:50 by pulp_pure pulp_pure
Probably groundbreaking back in the day, but I can find a lot more 1992 demos that are far more entertaining than this. Especially the vector world is boring to watch. Nice plasmas though, and the music is excellent (especially in the end scroller)
rulez added on the 2004-11-21 15:56:09 by Preacher Preacher
The first scene production I saw, so a thumb up for the nostalgic feeling it gives :)
rulez added on the 2004-11-26 18:25:29 by [self-ban] [self-ban]
One of my favourites ever!
rulez added on the 2004-12-11 11:51:58 by Mr Twist Laser Mr Twist Laser
Enjoy !
rulez added on the 2004-12-16 02:26:53 by Buckethead Buckethead
Whaat, no thumb up yet?
rulez added on the 2004-12-16 08:21:24 by Vulture Vulture
I don't know anymore what I thoght when I watched it the first time, but now I think it's too long...
added on the 2005-03-28 00:50:49 by beavis77 beavis77
rulez added on the 2005-05-12 14:43:19 by chavez chavez
I saw this first in 1992 at a big local shopping store
running as some kind of appetizer to buy a 386
in the computerrrr section.

Being an AMIGA maniac even back then, this was the first PC demo I've ever seen and I was
rulez added on the 2005-07-20 13:44:36 by d0DgE d0DgE
rulez added on the 2005-11-20 21:55:10 by Midfit Midfit
rulez added on the 2006-03-20 13:27:12 by spritus spritus
The first PC demo i have seen in my life, and still one of my favourite, especially the fabulous screenshot's scene, absolutely great (special mention for the amazing music !).
rulez added on the 2006-03-21 14:15:48 by rez rez
rulez added on the 2006-06-20 21:49:01 by anesthetic anesthetic
rulez added on the 2006-08-05 03:15:16 by [ProToS] [ProToS]
very fantastic for its time!
rulez added on the 2006-09-19 03:37:39 by BITS BITS
what a memories... it was first demo I saw, 1993-1994 year, I don't remember. This music I will remember forever. Visuals are amazing too.
rulezcdc added on the 2006-09-29 01:33:20 by dimouse dimouse
monumental in the PC=demos revolution
rulez added on the 2006-10-01 02:23:31 by Gaia Gaia
( ! )
rulez added on the 2006-11-03 01:41:39 by hashdash hashdash
added on the 2006-12-08 00:49:25 by genox genox
rulez added on the 2006-12-08 01:43:43 by Aasemoon Aasemoon
I love Future Crew !
rulez added on the 2006-12-23 17:35:03 by dYz dYz
Pretty impressive for it's time and still impresses via dosbox on a p4 1.8Ghz laptop. Well done guys. 15 years on. Quite a long demo too.. 18mins on my watch - good mileage for 2Mb considering the content. I also liked the dot 3d landscape section.
rulez added on the 2007-05-08 22:09:18 by hamster hamster
rulez added on the 2007-06-11 14:22:02 by cyberpingui cyberpingui
rulez added on the 2007-06-29 11:17:24 by seppjo seppjo
Almost as good as 2nd Reality.
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rulez added on the 2007-08-13 13:45:01 by scoutski scoutski
I didn't know oldschool demos with scrolls, logos and effects such as shadebobs exist on PC!
rulez added on the 2007-08-24 19:24:43 by 0xF 0xF
rulez added on the 2007-09-14 11:20:54 by aha aha
Definitely a nice oldskool show. :)
rulez added on the 2007-11-14 16:00:12 by masterm masterm
This is real.
This is unreal.

Awesome demo, LOL at Textures part.
rulez added on the 2008-01-14 11:49:00 by TOMPCpl TOMPCpl
FC \o/
rulez added on the 2008-01-14 11:55:45 by zeebr zeebr
rulez added on the 2008-02-03 02:43:29 by Alpha C Alpha C
rulez added on the 2008-02-09 11:42:59 by texel texel
awesome 3d studio max logos with default textures! graphic design at it's max!
added on the 2008-02-10 13:06:54 by uns3en_ uns3en_
best wormhole EVER!
rulez added on the 2008-02-10 13:08:21 by maali maali
Not really at the same level of 2nd reality (a bit low) but it RoXX the same as 2nd reality!
rulez added on the 2008-05-30 10:28:52 by SoDa7 SoDa7
"awesome 3d studio max logos with default ttures! graphic design at it's max!"

Cool, waremies.
added on the 2008-06-27 10:12:54 by moredhel moredhel
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Omg. I didn't thumb this up already. Fantastic demo. I'd seen mental hangover on the amiga and a few cracker intros on it too - then I saw Ultraforce's demo on the PC and then this. One of the first "real" multipart demos I saw together with Crystal Dreams I. And from then on, the rest is history...
rulez added on the 2008-06-27 10:44:00 by d3pth d3pth
A little boring yes and there were so much better demos on amiga for example, but it's not bad of course and groundbreaking at the time i believe, and the music is great.
rulez added on the 2008-06-27 10:47:34 by Serpent Serpent
FC <3
rulez added on the 2008-09-15 14:25:42 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
rulez added on the 2008-09-15 14:36:28 by bitl bitl
"Apparently this is possible" x'D
great demo, and amazing tracks!!
rulez added on the 2008-09-28 05:23:45 by pera pera
First PC demo I saw. Reminds me good moments. Varied and colorful effects (just before AGA stuff on Amiga, 256 colors demos were rare or inexistent) and great music !
rulez added on the 2009-01-23 23:02:28 by kyapiko kyapiko
long and good.
rulez added on the 2009-03-10 18:33:56 by neoneye neoneye
sucks added on the 2009-03-12 02:18:47 by viznut/pwp viznut/pwp
ahh, being child again
rulez added on the 2009-03-12 02:30:51 by blala blala
I was never able to watch the whole demo from beginning to end. 'Nough said.
sucks added on the 2009-03-12 04:01:44 by tzaeru tzaeru
rulez added on the 2009-03-13 18:39:50 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
rulez added on the 2009-03-14 23:01:08 by T$ T$
rulez added on the 2009-04-16 17:41:32 by vestige vestige
yatta ze
rulez added on the 2009-10-04 10:47:18 by Brandy Bogard Brandy Bogard
No comment.
rulez added on the 2009-10-17 09:10:34 by chock chock
Very overrated though we helped and digitized the pictures with Dr.Dos.. and the music. ARGH.
sucks added on the 2010-01-14 21:46:27 by leGend leGend
Classic classic.
rulez added on the 2010-03-16 00:27:49 by zstab zstab
Wonderful. Brings back memories.
rulez added on the 2010-04-14 23:50:20 by elend elend
might as well been the first demo I ever saw on the pc and which effectively drew me into the demoscene.
rulez added on the 2010-04-16 22:48:25 by thec thec
Was linked to this by thec. Excellent introduction to all effects used on Amiga in 1992 ;P In fact, the vector and texture stuff are better than any Amiga could do before the A1200 came.

Can someone confirm that those two run full framerate on say, a normal PC from 1992? I didn't have a PC then, so I won't judge from a video.
added on the 2010-04-16 23:05:25 by Photon Photon
One of the first demos i saw. It runs smooth on a 386DX/40 with Tseng Et4000, except the scene with the green spaceship.
rulez added on the 2010-08-07 14:45:26 by SX1Freak SX1Freak
always loved this one, but never voted.
rulez added on the 2011-05-19 16:56:31 by imerso imerso
rulez added on the 2011-05-19 17:34:47 by phobium phobium
Definately one of the first demos I ever watched on PC. Fascinated me at the time. But it wasn't until Second Reality I got draggen into the demoscene.
added on the 2011-06-25 21:02:38 by aricz aricz
Whops.. dragged.. and forgot rulez .. classic! Oh.. hi Phobium :)
rulez added on the 2011-06-25 21:04:27 by aricz aricz
rulez added on the 2011-11-09 12:44:36 by Frequent Frequent
Second after the SR!
rulez added on the 2012-01-02 10:47:56 by provod provod
This demo is made out of pure awesome!
rulez added on the 2012-12-15 16:07:58 by CeRi CeRi
One of the first demos I ever saw, and probably still my favorite from FC. I love the music(s) =)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 04:36:33 by noby noby
Unreal has just never compelled me to sit through the whole demo like Crystal Dream does. Yes, it was impressive for its time, but it hasn't aged too well in my opinion.
added on the 2015-01-17 17:32:27 by ncovert ncovert
Really Good. but I prefer sequel more.
Where is source code?
rulez added on the 2015-03-27 05:09:07 by non-handled guy non-handled guy
rulez added on the 2015-03-27 05:54:14 by g0blinish g0blinish
Unreal was my first PC demo that I saw (at least one of the first), and it blasted me away on 386/486! My fav from FC and yes, music rules. Esp love the vector graphics demo and this part of the music, also the intro! :)
rulez added on the 2015-06-11 16:18:44 by Rapture Rapture
rulez added on the 2015-07-08 09:51:18 by Alone_Coder Alone_Coder
One of my first PC-demos watched at that time. Good work.
rulez added on the 2015-07-19 20:49:39 by dissident dissident
A legend. Whoever thumbs "Unreal" down doesn't remember how life was before 1992.
rulez added on the 2016-05-26 17:54:13 by cngsoft cngsoft
after all these years these songs sound even better
rulez added on the 2016-05-26 18:40:36 by 1in10 1in10
simply GUD
rulez added on the 2017-03-29 22:02:57 by nagz nagz
Awesome classic. Btw, one of the first demo that i saw.
rulez added on the 2018-09-18 20:12:22 by 100bit 100bit
I always wonder why the blue bars in the first scroller part don't pulsate on some videos, except here. Maybe capture with emulator and it doesn't do it properly? But then is it maybe v1.1 is missing this for some reason? I remember now that I watched v1.0 the very first time and that part with the great music, pulsating bars and scroller wrapping around the bars impressed me at the time. I think last recently time I ran Unreal (but maybe v1.1) on a 386 and was like, wtf the pulsating bars are still missing? Gotta find v1.0 and investigate (didn't even know they truncated and changed text)
added on the 2018-11-10 12:42:15 by Optimus Optimus
I also remember that version 1.0 would randomly freeze at various part on a Cyrix 486 I had at the time (Second Reality did too), so I never managed to watch back then the demo rolling on it's own, I had to press space/esc to bypass things fast to watch the rest. Maybe 1.1 would have solved this issue, however I don't have that 486 anymore to try :)
added on the 2018-11-10 12:43:46 by Optimus Optimus
I am also seeing demoscene references in this WAD :)
added on the 2018-11-10 13:48:27 by Optimus Optimus
rulez added on the 2020-05-30 19:18:09 by Flashira Flashira
It was for sure a milestone at its time, but it hasn't aged well unfortunately
added on the 2020-09-19 09:21:52 by v3nom v3nom
true classic greatness
rulez added on the 2020-09-19 11:15:50 by SiR SiR
rulez added on the 2020-12-17 21:41:52 by venex venex
This rules, although it is very 1992.
rulez added on the 2021-07-30 13:22:34 by rac rac
This is a true classic. The 3D-part with spaceships was very impressive in the 90s; the movement of spaceships seems very polished. On the other hand, there are also worse parts. For example, the shadebobs-part is quite ugly and decreases the overall quality of the product.

As a side note: a well-known game engine may has taken inspiration from this demo (the name and the font style of "Future Crew" at the beginning of the demo) though FC wasn't the first one using the name "Unreal".
rulez added on the 2021-08-07 15:34:28 by lancel lancel
rulez added on the 2023-04-01 21:55:21 by gaspode gaspode
For the early 90s and this computer platform that was quite cool !!!
rulez added on the 2023-08-23 08:34:57 by ghandy ghandy

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