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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
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.06
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.2.60
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.79
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.42
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOSInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
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Selected Covers

Steel Harbinger PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Steel Harbinger
Resident Evil PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Resident Evil
Rama Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Rama

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Resident Evil
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 3