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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
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.4.10
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Urban Runner1996DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.14
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOSInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.79
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.42
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.81
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.54
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
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Selected Covers

Jungle Book Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Book
Steel Harbinger PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Steel Harbinger
Star Trek: Borg Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Star Trek: Borg
Hardline Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Hardline
Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Mr. Bones

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Star Trek: Borg
Your character even has magial abilities.
Screenshot from Hardline
The title screen.
Screenshot from Mr. Bones