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 ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.29
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.43
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.35
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment0.92
Point of View2001WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.95
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.62
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
Psycho Killer1992CDTV, DOSOn-Line PLC0.20
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.90
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
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Selected Covers

Off-World Interceptor 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Off-World Interceptor
Novastorm DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Novastorm
Pyst Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst
Phoenix 3 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Phoenix 3
Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Omega Boost

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Off-World Interceptor
Title Screen
Screenshot from Novastorm
Title Screen
Screenshot from Pyst
Title screen
Screenshot from Phoenix 3
Intro
Screenshot from Omega Boost