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

Selected Screenshots

Opening movie
Screenshot from Harvester
Title screen
Screenshot from Top Gun: Fire at Will!
Place du Tertre
Screenshot from L'affaire Morlov
Title Screen
Screenshot from Pyst