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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 orderMobyScore
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.60
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.62
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.64
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, Macintosh, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.67
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.68
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA3.69
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.70
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
Martian Memorandum1991DOSAccess Software, Inc.3.72
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.73
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.74
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.75
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.75
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Selected Covers

Burn:Cycle Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Burn:Cycle
Jungle Strike Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Strike
Obsidian Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Obsidian
Dracula Unleashed DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dracula Unleashed

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Burn:Cycle
Title Screen
Screenshot from Jungle Strike
Game start
Screenshot from Obsidian
Publisher screen
Screenshot from Dracula Unleashed