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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
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.98
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.87
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.95
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
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...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
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Selected Covers

Morpheus Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Morpheus
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tex Murphy: Overseer
Pyst (Special Edition) Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst (Special Edition)
Golden Gate Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Gate

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Morpheus
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Tex Murphy: Overseer
Title screen
Screenshot from Pyst (Special Edition)
Opening Screen
Screenshot from Golden Gate
Title screen
Screenshot from Zork: Grand Inquisitor