User Review: Wolfenstein 3D by id Software (1992)

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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in descending orderMobyScore
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
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Selected Covers

Kids on Site DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Kids on Site
Mirage Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Mirage
LocoCycle Windows Front Cover
Front cover for LocoCycle
Abaron DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Abaron

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
Main menu.
Screenshot from Ø Story
Title screen
Screenshot from C.I.T.Y. 2000