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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Erevos2001WindowsGrenadios2.29
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc.2.71
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.01
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOSInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.54
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.28
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Selected Covers

Blown Away Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Blown Away
Stonekeep DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stonekeep
Quest for Fame Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Quest for Fame

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Blown Away
Thera welcomes you in the ruins beneath Stonekeep
Screenshot from Stonekeep
Title animation
Screenshot from Quantum Gate