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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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.77
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.80
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.53
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.54
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.54
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
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Selected Covers

Ripper DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ripper
Harvester DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harvester
Bad Mojo Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Bad Mojo
Steel Harbinger PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Steel Harbinger

Selected Screenshots

John Rhys-Davies (Actor)
Screenshot from Ripper
Opening movie
Screenshot from Harvester
The main menu.
Screenshot from Bad Mojo