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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.29
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.30
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.35
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A.3.36
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.37
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.37
The Last Dynasty1994Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.38
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.39
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure2014Macintosh, WindowsAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.40
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.40
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.42
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.43
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
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Selected Covers

Soviet Strike SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Soviet Strike
Clue CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Clue
Novastorm DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Novastorm
Golden Gate Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Gate

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Soviet Strike
Intro
Screenshot from Clue
American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from Drug Wars
Title Screen
Screenshot from Novastorm