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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.62
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, DVD Player, Macintosh, SEGA CDInfinite Ventures, Inc.3.66
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.68
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.68
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.68
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.68
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.3.75
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.76
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Selected Covers

Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Ground Zero Texas
EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EarthSiege 2
Morpheus Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Morpheus
Crusader: No Regret DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Crusader: No Regret

Selected Screenshots

Game title during the animation
Screenshot from Ground Zero Texas
Badly Damaged - internal view
Screenshot from EarthSiege 2
So the Herculania does exist...
Screenshot from Morpheus
Main Menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Regret