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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
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure2014Macintosh, WindowsAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.50
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver...
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Alan Wake (Collector's Edition)2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH3.38
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, WindowsZojoi, LLC4.00
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.01
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd.3.60
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.77
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive4.00
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios...
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc.4.47
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.06
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie2010Macintosh, WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.89
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.83
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.53
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising2009WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
Casebook: Episode 0 - The Missing Urn2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.82
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios4.08
Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.91
Casebook: Episode I - Kidnapped2008WindowsMumboJumbo, LLC3.48
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
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Selected Covers

Herod's Lost Tomb Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Herod's Lost Tomb
Ms. Splosion Man Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Ms. Splosion Man
Yoomurjak's Ring Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Yoomurjak's Ring

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Herod's Lost Tomb