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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
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.47
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
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
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.3.50
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure2014Macintosh, WindowsAtlus U.S.A., 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
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Selected Covers

Defcon 5 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Defcon 5
Outwars Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Outwars

Selected Screenshots

Intro cinematic : the spaceship is flying through the city.
Screenshot from Defcon 5
Main menu.
Screenshot from Outwars