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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
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.76
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.76
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.76
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.78
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.78
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.80
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, 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
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.83
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA3.83
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Selected Covers

The Horde DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Horde
Aliens Versus Predator Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Aliens Versus Predator

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from The Horde
ingame title
Screenshot from Aliens Versus Predator