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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.83
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.53
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.4.20
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.3.05
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
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Selected Covers

Psychic Detective DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psychic Detective
Command & Conquer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Command & Conquer
Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Johnny Mnemonic
Harvester DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harvester
EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EarthSiege 2

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Psychic Detective
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Command & Conquer
Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic
Opening movie
Screenshot from Harvester
Badly Damaged - internal view
Screenshot from EarthSiege 2