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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH5.00
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.87
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.98
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.40
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Selected Covers

Morpheus Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Morpheus
Temüjin Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Temüjin
Realms of the Haunting DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Realms of the Haunting
Blue Heat Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Blue Heat
Outwars Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Outwars

Selected Screenshots

So the Herculania does exist...
Screenshot from Morpheus
Main Title
Screenshot from Temüjin
Exploring the mansion.
Screenshot from Realms of the Haunting
The beginning of your week of undercover work
Screenshot from Blue Heat
Main menu.
Screenshot from Outwars