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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.39
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.85
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.53
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design3.86
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.77
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.90
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
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Selected Covers

Aliens Versus Predator Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Aliens Versus Predator
Psychic Detective DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psychic Detective
Dune 2000 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Dune 2000

Selected Screenshots

ingame title
Screenshot from Aliens Versus Predator
Title screen
Screenshot from Psychic Detective
Main Menu
Screenshot from Dune 2000