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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.37
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.42
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19953DO, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.08
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997MacintoshBandai Digital Entertainment4.17
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.75
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.78
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.30
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.79
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
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Selected Covers

Judge Dredd PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Judge Dredd
KGB DOS Front Cover
Front cover for KGB

Selected Screenshots

Main Title
Screenshot from KGB
Title Screen
Screenshot from It Came from the Desert
Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan