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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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment4.20
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive2.67
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19953DO, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.08
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.91
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
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Selected Covers

Panic in the Park Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Panic in the Park
Ghostly Desires Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Ghostly Desires
Mirage Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Mirage

Selected Screenshots

Installation
Screenshot from Panic in the Park
Game introduction
Screenshot from Ghostly Desires
Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 1
Intro
Screenshot from Shockwave Assault