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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
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc.2.71
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19953DO, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.08
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.50
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.87
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.03
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.53
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
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Selected Covers

Quest for Fame Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Quest for Fame
Shivers Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Shivers
Psychic Detective DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psychic Detective
RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict

Selected Screenshots

title screen
Screenshot from Shivers
Title screen
Screenshot from Psychic Detective
Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron