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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 descending orderPublisherUser Score
Fate by Numbers2007Windows3.80
Her Story2015iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows4.17
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia...
Missing: An Interactive Thriller - Episode 12014Android, iPad, iPhone, WindowsZandel Media, Inc....
Body Special 264: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.21996SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Hiyake no Omoide + Himekuri: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.11995SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Eraser: Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.91
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.54
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaActivision, Inc....
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA...
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
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Selected Covers

Her Story Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Her Story
Hardline Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Hardline
Castle Explorer Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Castle Explorer
Judge Dredd PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Judge Dredd

Selected Screenshots

Main title
Screenshot from Her Story
Your character even has magial abilities.
Screenshot from Hardline
The game's title screen. There are no game options that are accessed via the menu bar.
Screenshot from Castle Explorer
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