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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.60
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.30
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.59
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997MacintoshBandai Digital Entertainment4.17
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.48
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.81
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
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Selected Covers

EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EarthSiege 2
Blue Heat Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Blue Heat

Selected Screenshots

Badly Damaged - internal view
Screenshot from EarthSiege 2
The beginning of your week of undercover work
Screenshot from Blue Heat