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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".

  • 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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.75
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
Alan Wake2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH3.98
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.06
Alan Wake (Collector's Edition)2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH3.38
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd.3.60
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.83
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.77
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.76
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.89
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing1.58
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
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Selected Covers

animefreak FX: Vol. 2 PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Area D Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Area D
Aliens Versus Predator Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Aliens Versus Predator
Another Mind PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Another Mind

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol. 6
ingame title
Screenshot from Aliens Versus Predator
Main menu. AI playing with himself on the background.
Screenshot from Akte Europa