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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

Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Omega Boost
JetFighter: Full Burn DOS Front Cover
Front cover for JetFighter: Full Burn
Another Mind PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Another Mind

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Omega Boost
Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol. 6
Briefing/Deployment Screen
Screenshot from Mech Commander