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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
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.81
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC4.00
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.91
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.54
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.54
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
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Selected Covers

Hardline Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Hardline
Top Gun: Fire at Will! DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Top Gun: Fire at Will!
Bad Mojo Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Bad Mojo
MegaRace 2 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MegaRace 2

Selected Screenshots

Your character even has magial abilities.
Screenshot from Hardline
Title screen
Screenshot from Top Gun: Fire at Will!
The main menu.
Screenshot from Bad Mojo
MeagRace 2 logo
Screenshot from MegaRace 2