User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

Visual technique / style: Live-action cutscenes

Group Description

The technological advancements of CD-ROM media and real-time decompression allowed games in the late 1980s and early 1990s to use full motion video, primarily for cutscenes. In an attempt to make games more film-like, these cutscenes soon went beyond traditional animation or CGI rendering techniques and used traditional live-action film making, with real actors, props and sets. Widespread throughout the 1990s, this style of cinematics has now been all but abandoned, with a few notable exceptions like entries in Electronic Arts' Command & Conquer series.

This group collects games with such live-action elements. Note that the live-action footage need not always be a gameplay element, i.e. not all games in this group are necessarily "Interactive Movies".

Limitations:
  • The live-action footage must have been acquired through traditional film making techniques, using video or film cameras shooting at common frame rates like 24, 25 or 30 frames a second. The footage must also be shown within the game at similar film-like frame rates. Thus, games that feature digitized images of actors that are later animated are not to be included (example: Mortal Kombat);

  • The games must feature original footage. Sometimes, movie-based games contain scenes from the movie they are licensed from. These games are not to be included unless the footage, while shot during a motion picture shoot, was specifically intended for game usage (example: Enter the Matrix).

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sorted in descending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios4.08
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.75
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsDestination Software, Inc.3.90
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.97
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Urban Runner1996DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.21
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
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Selected Covers

Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Wing Commander: Prophecy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Wing Commander: Prophecy
Vet Emergency 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency 2
WanChai Connection SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for WanChai Connection

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu.
Screenshot from Video Strip Poker
Title screen
Screenshot from Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Intro Start Up
Screenshot from Wing Commander: Prophecy
Main menu
Screenshot from Vet Emergency 2