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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
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.83
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.53
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
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Selected Covers

Who is Oscar Lake? Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Who is Oscar Lake?
Disruptor PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Disruptor
Rama Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Rama
Diva X: Rebecca Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Diva X: Rebecca

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Disruptor
Title screen
Screenshot from Rama
Your character even has magial abilities.
Screenshot from Hardline
Before the game can be started a code must be entered. It's printed in the manual and is probably the same for all DOS versions of the game
Screenshot from Voyeur II