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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.3.47
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.86
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.86
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.42
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Selected Covers

Mech Commander Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Mech Commander
Top Gun: Fire at Will! DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Top Gun: Fire at Will!
The Psychotron Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for The Psychotron
Ms. Splosion Man Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Ms. Splosion Man
MegaRace 2 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MegaRace 2

Selected Screenshots

Briefing/Deployment Screen
Screenshot from Mech Commander
Title screen
Screenshot from Top Gun: Fire at Will!
Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 3
New game
Screenshot from Ms. Splosion Man
MeagRace 2 logo
Screenshot from MegaRace 2