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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company3.88
Evil Resistance: Morning of the Dead2008WindowsAkella0.86
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Fate by Numbers2007Windows3.80
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive2.67
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.53
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
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Selected Covers

The Fear PlayStation 2 Front Cover Keep Case 1
Front cover for The Fear
Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Ground Zero Texas
Gloriana DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Gloriana
Hardline Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Hardline

Selected Screenshots

Game title during the animation
Screenshot from Ground Zero Texas
"Gloriana" Main Menu
Screenshot from Gloriana
Your character even has magial abilities.
Screenshot from Hardline
A Murderer befriends Jack
Screenshot from Fox Hunt