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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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.82
Mad Dog McCree19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, iPhone, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.49
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.97
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective1991CDTV, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISInfinite Ventures, Inc.4.21
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.19
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.62
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISICOM Simulations, Inc.2.88
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.23
Psycho Killer1992CDTV, DOSOn-Line PLC0.20
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.42
Space Pirates19923DO, Arcade, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.11
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Critical Path1993Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Vision, Inc.3.47
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.37
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.62
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.68
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.79
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.13
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.68
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.79
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Selected Covers

The 7th Guest DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The 7th Guest
Mad Dog McCree DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mad Dog McCree
Who Shot Johnny Rock? Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Who Shot Johnny Rock?
Jungle Strike Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Strike

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from The 7th Guest
Title Sequence
Screenshot from Mad Dog McCree
The Damsel in Distress
Screenshot from Who Shot Johnny Rock?
Title Screen
Screenshot from Jungle Strike