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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 Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
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...
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
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Selected Covers

Help Fight Breast Cancer Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Help Fight Breast Cancer
C.I.T.Y. 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for C.I.T.Y. 2000
Ø Story PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Ø Story
Vet Emergency Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
Title screen
Screenshot from C.I.T.Y. 2000
Main menu.
Screenshot from Ø Story
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders