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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
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.48
Casebook: Episode I - Kidnapped2008WindowsMumboJumbo, LLC3.48
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.48
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.50
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.51
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CDICOM Simulations, Inc.3.52
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
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.54
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
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.55
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.55
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
Myst (Masterpiece Edition)1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.60
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Selected Covers

Harvester DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harvester
MegaRace: MR3 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for MegaRace: MR3
Gloriana DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Gloriana
MegaRace 2 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MegaRace 2

Selected Screenshots

Opening movie
Screenshot from Harvester
Shot (PS2)
Screenshot from MegaRace: MR3
"Gloriana" Main Menu
Screenshot from Gloriana
MeagRace 2 logo
Screenshot from MegaRace 2