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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 TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.96
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.60
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.4.10
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios...
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.54
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.29
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.14
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA3.69
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.00
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.91
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.47
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.05
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA3.83
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.60
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.55
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.31
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.30
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.06
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Selected Covers

Need for Speed: Carbon Xbox Front Cover
Front cover for Need for Speed: Carbon
Night Trap SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Night Trap
Noctropolis DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Noctropolis
Morpheus Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Morpheus

Selected Screenshots

The main menu screen
Screenshot from Need for Speed: Carbon
Title Screen
Screenshot from Night Trap
Flashpoint Logo
Screenshot from Noctropolis
So the Herculania does exist...
Screenshot from Morpheus