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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc....
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.83
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.70
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc....
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C....
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc....
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia...
Anime Freak FX: Vol.31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America LLC3.84
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
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Selected Covers

Steel Harbinger PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Steel Harbinger
Who is Oscar Lake? Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Who is Oscar Lake?

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Toonstruck
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