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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.3.81
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

EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EarthSiege 2
Quest for Fame Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Quest for Fame
Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Johnny Mnemonic

Selected Screenshots

Badly Damaged - internal view
Screenshot from EarthSiege 2
Title Screen and Main Menu
Screenshot from Diva X: Ariana
Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic