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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH5.00
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive Seattle4.57
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Selected Covers

The Pandora Directive DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Pandora Directive
Urban Runner Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Urban Runner
MAG!!! Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for MAG!!!
Bad Mojo Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Bad Mojo

Selected Screenshots

Title screen from the intro
Screenshot from The Pandora Directive
Intro-Sauna (crime scene)
Screenshot from Urban Runner
Title screen
Screenshot from MAG!!!
The main menu.
Screenshot from Bad Mojo