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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
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.96
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.30
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.31
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.78
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd....
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
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.3.58
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.42
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
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Selected Covers

Nuclear Strike Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Nuclear Strike
Golden Gate Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Gate

Selected Screenshots

Taste hot Apache death!
Screenshot from Nuclear Strike
Opening Screen
Screenshot from Golden Gate
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