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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.30
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc.3.20
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie2010Macintosh, WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.89
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.90
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.96
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine1996DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.86
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.74
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
Critical Path1993Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Vision, Inc.3.17
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
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Selected Covers

SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM
Top Gun: Fire at Will! DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Top Gun: Fire at Will!

Selected Screenshots

Intro - Growing city
Screenshot from SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM
Title screen
Screenshot from Top Gun: Fire at Will!