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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.82
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.53
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
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Selected Covers

Harvester DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harvester
EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EarthSiege 2

Selected Screenshots

Opening movie
Screenshot from Harvester
Badly Damaged - internal view
Screenshot from EarthSiege 2