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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
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.87
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.00
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
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...
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
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Selected Covers

Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Zork: Grand Inquisitor

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Zork: Grand Inquisitor
The police is arriving at the crime scene.
Screenshot from The Unsolved