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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.06
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software...
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
Body Special 264: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.21996SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc....
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.91
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Treasure Quest Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Treasure Quest
Star Trek: Borg Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Star Trek: Borg
Rama DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Rama
Krazy Ivan Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Krazy Ivan
The Pandora Directive DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Pandora Directive

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Star Trek: Borg
Title screen
Screenshot from Rama
Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan
Title screen from the intro
Screenshot from The Pandora Directive
Opening screen
Screenshot from Star Trek: Klingon
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