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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

Spycraft: The Great Game DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Spycraft: The Great Game
Mad Dog McCree DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mad Dog McCree
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Tender Loving Care Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tender Loving Care

Selected Screenshots

Mmmmmm........Lara.
Screenshot from Snow Job
Various agents will help you...
Screenshot from Spycraft: The Great Game
Title Sequence
Screenshot from Mad Dog McCree
This is where you start
Screenshot from Zork: Grand Inquisitor