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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
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd....
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Eraser: Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International...
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc....
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.72
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaActivision, Inc....
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.05
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
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Selected Covers

Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Gothos Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Gothos
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tex Murphy: Overseer
A Fork in the Tale Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Fork in the Tale
The Unsolved PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for The Unsolved

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Menu screen.
Screenshot from Gothos
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Tex Murphy: Overseer
The police is arriving at the crime scene.
Screenshot from The Unsolved
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