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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...
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.60
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
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Selected Covers

Blue Heat Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Blue Heat
Black Dahlia Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Black Dahlia

Selected Screenshots

The beginning of your week of undercover work
Screenshot from Blue Heat
Jim Pearson, rookie detective
Screenshot from Black Dahlia