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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".

  • 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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.58
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.70
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.44
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.82
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
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Selected Covers

The X-Files Game Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The X-Files Game
Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Omega Boost
Vikings Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vikings
Metalizer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Metalizer

Selected Screenshots

Mulder and Special Agent Willmore
Screenshot from The X-Files Game
Screenshot from Omega Boost
Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol. 6
The Game Starts in Leif Haraldsson's Home
Screenshot from Vikings
The opening title (DVD version)
Screenshot from Tender Loving Care