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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....
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.82
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Point of View2001WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.95
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Evil Resistance: Morning of the Dead2008WindowsAkella0.86
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.14
Mad Dog McCree19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, iPhone, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.49
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.68
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.40
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.23
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.97
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Space Pirates19923DO, Arcade, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.11
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Selected Covers

Mad Dog McCree DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mad Dog McCree
RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict
C.I.T.Y. 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for C.I.T.Y. 2000
Tender Loving Care Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tender Loving Care
Alan Wake Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Alan Wake

Selected Screenshots

Title Sequence
Screenshot from Mad Dog McCree
Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Title screen
Screenshot from C.I.T.Y. 2000
The opening title
Screenshot from Tender Loving Care
Main title.
Screenshot from Alan Wake