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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.2.60
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Point of View2001WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.95
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.06
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Mad Dog McCree19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, iPhone, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.04
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.60
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.40
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.40
Space Pirates19923DO, Arcade, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.03
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.78
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.97
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Selected Covers

Space Pirates DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Space Pirates
Synnergist DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Synnergist
Point of View Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Point of View
The Last Bounty Hunter DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Last Bounty Hunter

Selected Screenshots

Introduction
Screenshot from Space Pirates
Intro
Screenshot from Synnergist
Title screen.
Screenshot from Point of View
American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from The Last Bounty Hunter