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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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.82
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.54
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Selected Covers

Bad Mojo Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Bad Mojo
Spycraft: The Great Game DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Spycraft: The Great Game
L'affaire Morlov DOS Front Cover
Front cover for L'affaire Morlov
Gloriana DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Gloriana

Selected Screenshots

The main menu.
Screenshot from Bad Mojo
Various agents will help you...
Screenshot from Spycraft: The Great Game
Place du Tertre
Screenshot from L'affaire Morlov
"Gloriana" Main Menu
Screenshot from Gloriana