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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
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment0.55
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.30
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie2010Macintosh, WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.89
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc.4.47
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.90
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.87
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
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Selected Covers

Plumbers Don't Wear Ties 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Plumbers Don't Wear Ties
Code Blue Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Code Blue
Emergency Room: Code Red Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Emergency Room: Code Red
Who is Oscar Lake? Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Who is Oscar Lake?

Selected Screenshots

"Jane" introduces you to the game during the only moving video in the entire show.
Screenshot from Plumbers Don't Wear Ties
Logging into Legacy Memorial hospital.
Screenshot from Code Blue
Title screen
Screenshot from Ghosts
Title screen
Screenshot from Top Gun: Fire at Will!