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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.96
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.78
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
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D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
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Selected Covers

Realms of the Haunting DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Realms of the Haunting
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tex Murphy: Overseer

Selected Screenshots

Exploring the mansion.
Screenshot from Realms of the Haunting
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Tex Murphy: Overseer