Epic Games is going crazy with the Unreal2 Engine. Facial expressions are their current big thing. Apparently the modeling uses sliders and numerical values to move the bones inside the model. For example, to close the left eye all that you would need to do is is move the slider labeled “Eye Open Left” to open or close the eye. Pretty nifty stuff. Check out the results.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Gaming is getting really good. With these sorts of impovements, gaming is going to not only start looking better, but because of it, it will also be more immersive.