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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Casebook: Episode I - Kidnapped2008WindowsMumboJumbo, LLC3.48
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.49
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.50
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure2014Macintosh, WindowsAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.50
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.3.50
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.51
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.53
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.54
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.53
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.54
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.55
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.55
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd.3.60
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Selected Covers

Harvester DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harvester
The Dame Was Loaded DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Dame Was Loaded

Selected Screenshots

Opening movie
Screenshot from Harvester
Anger's client, Carol Klein.
Screenshot from The Dame Was Loaded