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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Critical Path1993Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Vision, Inc.3.17
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.83
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios...
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.77
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.60
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.42
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.86
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
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Selected Covers

Herod's Lost Tomb Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Herod's Lost Tomb
Steel Harbinger PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Steel Harbinger
MechCommander 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for MechCommander 2

Selected Screenshots

Choose your character
Screenshot from Herod's Lost Tomb
Main menu
Screenshot from MechCommander 2
Now <em>that's</em> a configuration screen
Screenshot from Under a Killing Moon