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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
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Steel Harbinger PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Steel Harbinger
Panic in the Park Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Panic in the Park
RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict
Mirage Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Mirage

Selected Screenshots

Installation
Screenshot from Panic in the Park
Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Choose your character
Screenshot from Herod's Lost Tomb