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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.98
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.05
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
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...
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
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Selected Covers

Jungle Book Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Book
Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Mr. Bones
Resident Evil Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Resident Evil
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Zork: Grand Inquisitor

Selected Screenshots

The title screen.
Screenshot from Mr. Bones
Title Screen
Screenshot from Resident Evil
Title screen
Screenshot from Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Exploring the mansion.
Screenshot from Realms of the Haunting