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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.83
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.31
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.04
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.98
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
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Selected Covers

Vikings Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Vikings
JetFighter: Full Burn DOS Front Cover
Front cover for JetFighter: Full Burn
Black Dahlia Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Black Dahlia
Realms of the Haunting DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Realms of the Haunting

Selected Screenshots

The Game Starts in Leif Haraldsson's Home
Screenshot from Vikings
Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol. 6
Jim Pearson, rookie detective
Screenshot from Black Dahlia
Exploring the mansion.
Screenshot from Realms of the Haunting