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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 orderUser Score
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
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Selected Covers

RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict
All Star Strip Poker Windows Front Cover
Front cover for All Star Strip Poker
LocoCycle Windows Front Cover
Front cover for LocoCycle
Help Fight Breast Cancer Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Help Fight Breast Cancer
Another Mind PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Another Mind

Selected Screenshots

Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
The police is arriving at the crime scene.
Screenshot from The Unsolved
Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site