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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC4.00
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.54
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.54
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine1996DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.81
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Urban Runner1996DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.14
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
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Selected Covers

Star Trek: Klingon Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Star Trek: Klingon
Bad Mojo Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Bad Mojo

Selected Screenshots

Installation background
Screenshot from Star Trek: Klingon
The main menu.
Screenshot from Bad Mojo
Title screen
Screenshot from Disruptor