User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.37
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.83
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.39
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.81
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsDestination Software, Inc.3.90
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.85
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.3.50
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Selected Covers

Akte Europa Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Akte Europa
Shock Wave 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Shock Wave
Byzantine: The Betrayal Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Byzantine: The Betrayal

Selected Screenshots

Main menu. AI playing with himself on the background.
Screenshot from Akte Europa
The alien armada arrives.
Screenshot from Shock Wave
Title screen
Screenshot from Byzantine: The Betrayal