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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
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Selected Covers

All Star Strip Poker Windows Front Cover
Front cover for All Star Strip Poker
RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict
Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Johnny Mnemonic
Steel Harbinger PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Steel Harbinger

Selected Screenshots

Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic
Title screen
Screenshot from C.I.T.Y. 2000
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site