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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsDestination Software, Inc.3.90
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.30
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.99
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
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Selected Covers

Temüjin Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Temüjin

Selected Screenshots

Main Title
Screenshot from Temüjin
Taste hot Apache death!
Screenshot from Nuclear Strike