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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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997MacintoshBandai Digital Entertainment4.17
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.93
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.60
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.59
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.99
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Selected Covers

Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tex Murphy: Overseer
A Fork in the Tale Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Fork in the Tale

Selected Screenshots

Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Tex Murphy: Overseer
Opening Screen
Screenshot from Golden Gate