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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.75
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A.3.36
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.29
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.60
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.62
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.74
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.40
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.68
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, Macintosh, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.67
Space Pirates19923DO, Arcade, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.03
Psycho Killer1992CDTV, DOSOn-Line PLC0.20
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.35
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.78
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CDICOM Simulations, Inc.2.88
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.42
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.02
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.86
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.97
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Selected Covers

Space Pirates DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Space Pirates
Myst Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Myst
KGB DOS Front Cover
Front cover for KGB
Double Switch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Double Switch

Selected Screenshots

Introduction
Screenshot from Space Pirates
a book of Myst
Screenshot from Myst
Main Title
Screenshot from KGB
Developer Screen
Screenshot from Double Switch