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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
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
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Selected Covers

Kids on Site DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Kids on Site
LocoCycle Windows Front Cover
Front cover for LocoCycle
Ø Story PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Ø Story
The Unsolved PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for The Unsolved
Vet Emergency Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site
Main menu.
Screenshot from Ø Story
The police is arriving at the crime scene.
Screenshot from The Unsolved
Installation
Screenshot from Panic in the Park