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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
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.59
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997MacintoshBandai Digital Entertainment4.17
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsDestination Software, Inc.3.90
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.30
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.95
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.98
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.87
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.53
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
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Selected Covers

Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Harvester DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harvester
Gothos Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Gothos

Selected Screenshots

This is where you start
Screenshot from Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Opening movie
Screenshot from Harvester
Menu screen.
Screenshot from Gothos