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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in descending orderMobyScore
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios...
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver...
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
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Selected Covers

Ms. Splosion Man Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Ms. Splosion Man
WanChai Connection SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for WanChai Connection
Vet Emergency Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency
Panic in the Park Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Panic in the Park

Selected Screenshots

Opening movie showing the female victim, still alive, washed ashore.
Screenshot from WanChai Connection
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
Installation
Screenshot from Panic in the Park