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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
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.77
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios...
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.83
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.60
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
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
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.2.50
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.93
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.86
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.75
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.48
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
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Selected Covers

It Came from the Desert TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for It Came from the Desert
animefreak FX: Vol. 2 PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for animefreak FX: Vol. 2
MechCommander 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for MechCommander 2

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from It Came from the Desert
Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol. 6
Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Main menu
Screenshot from MechCommander 2