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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.75
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.75
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.77
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.77
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.77
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.78
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.81
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Casebook: Episode 0 - The Missing Urn2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.82
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
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Selected Covers

Crusader: No Remorse DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Crusader: No Remorse
Emperor: Battle for Dune Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Emperor: Battle for Dune

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Remorse
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Emperor: Battle for Dune