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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.3.50
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising2009WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsDestination Software, Inc.3.90
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.29
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design3.86
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.90
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
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Selected Covers

Vikings Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Vikings
Nuclear Strike Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Nuclear Strike

Selected Screenshots

The Game Starts in Leif Haraldsson's Home
Screenshot from Vikings
Title Screen (in Russian)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive
Taste hot Apache death!
Screenshot from Nuclear Strike