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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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.98
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.95
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
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Selected Covers

Realms of the Haunting DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Realms of the Haunting
Obsidian Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Obsidian
Golden Gate Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Gate
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tex Murphy: Overseer

Selected Screenshots

Exploring the mansion.
Screenshot from Realms of the Haunting
Game start
Screenshot from Obsidian
Opening Screen
Screenshot from Golden Gate
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Tex Murphy: Overseer
Title screen
Screenshot from Zork: Grand Inquisitor