Pre-rendered graphics weren't only used in complex cinematic cutscenes back in the day when a game's own 3D engine couldn't do the job. Developers also used them as in-game backgrounds to bypass graphical limitations. And some of the games had really well-made, atmospheric pre-rendered backgrounds.

Squaresoft and Capcom preferred these a lot in their PS1 games in the late 90s, but it wasn't just them. With minor differences—some games had a combat screen in full 3D, for instance—other developers also took advantage of this method.

And it had a good run, until video game engines started to become much more powerful and were able to handle camera angle changes and real-time rendering.


Blade Runner

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Final Fantasy VII

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Final Fantasy VIII

Final Fantasy IX

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Resident Evil

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Resident Evil 2

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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

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Parasite Eve

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Onimusha: Warlords

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Odium / Gorky 17

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Dino Crisis 2

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Grim Fandango

Syberia

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The Legend of Dragoon

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Chrono Cross

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Project Eternity

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What is your favorite background from these games or one that's missing from our list? Make sure to submit them in the comments below!

sources: The Lost Art of FFIX, imgur via Reddit, Resident Evil Database, NeoGAF, The Department of Death, Chrono Wiki, FantasyAnime, Gorky

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