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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 orderPublisherMobyScore
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, WindowsZojoi, LLC4.00
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Puppet Motel: Laurie Anderson with Hsin-Chien Huang1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.78
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, Macintosh, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.67
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.55
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.04
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.47
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.93
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA3.83
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.00
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA3.69
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Selected Covers

Toonstruck DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Toonstruck
Myst IV: Revelation Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst IV: Revelation

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Toonstruck
Title Screen
Screenshot from Myst IV: Revelation
Catherine and child
Screenshot from Myst III: Exile
Publisher screen
Screenshot from Dracula Unleashed