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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
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
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
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....
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.80
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
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Selected Covers

Ghostly Desires Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Ghostly Desires
Ibiza Babewatch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ibiza Babewatch

Selected Screenshots

Game introduction
Screenshot from Ghostly Desires
Title and Main Menu featuring Chessie Moon (in Russian)
Screenshot from Ibiza Babewatch
Title screen
Screenshot from Ghosts
Menu screen.
Screenshot from Gothos