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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsDestination Software, Inc.3.90
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.59
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997MacintoshBandai Digital Entertainment4.17
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.87
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.00
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.30
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.60
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Selected Covers

Temüjin Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Temüjin
Nuclear Strike Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Nuclear Strike

Selected Screenshots

Main Title
Screenshot from Temüjin
Taste hot Apache death!
Screenshot from Nuclear Strike