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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
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.2.60
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOSInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.99
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
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Selected Covers

Krazy Ivan Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Krazy Ivan
Spycraft: The Great Game DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Spycraft: The Great Game
Rama Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Rama
Soviet Strike SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Soviet Strike

Selected Screenshots

Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan
Various agents will help you...
Screenshot from Spycraft: The Great Game
Title screen
Screenshot from Rama
Title Screen
Screenshot from Soviet Strike