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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.44
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Missing: An Interactive Thriller - Episode 12014Android, iPad, iPhoneZandel Media, Inc.2.33
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.86
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.54
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.68
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.36
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.40
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.42
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
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Selected Covers

Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Mr. Bones
Midnight Raiders SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Midnight Raiders
Myst III: Exile Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst III: Exile

Selected Screenshots

The title screen.
Screenshot from Mr. Bones
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
Catherine and child
Screenshot from Myst III: Exile
Copyright notice
Screenshot from MTV: Club Dead