User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

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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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in descending orderPublisherMobyScore
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, WindowsZojoi, LLC4.00
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, Macintosh, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.67
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.55
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.04
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA3.69
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA3.83
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.47
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.92
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
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Selected Covers

Panic in the Park Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Panic in the Park
Toonstruck DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Toonstruck

Selected Screenshots

Installation
Screenshot from Panic in the Park
Title Screen
Screenshot from Toonstruck
Your character even has magial abilities.
Screenshot from Hardline