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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
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Urban Runner1996DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.14
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.06
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.2.60
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOSInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.4.10
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
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....
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Selected Covers

Jungle Book Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Book
Pyst Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst
L'affaire Morlov DOS Front Cover
Front cover for L'affaire Morlov
Disruptor PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Disruptor

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Pyst
Place du Tertre
Screenshot from L'affaire Morlov
Title screen
Screenshot from Disruptor