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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".

  • 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
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
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
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.00
Martian Memorandum1991DOSAccess Software, Inc.3.72
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.98
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.96
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.54
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOSInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
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Selected Covers

ranTrainer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for ranTrainer
Quest for Fame Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Quest for Fame
The Pandora Directive DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Pandora Directive
Quantum Gate Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Quantum Gate

Selected Screenshots

Title screen from the intro
Screenshot from The Pandora Directive
Title animation
Screenshot from Quantum Gate
Title screen
Screenshot from Martian Memorandum