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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
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.91
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc....
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.84
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Body Special 264: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.21996SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.70
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software...
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.84
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia...
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Selected Covers

MegaRace 2 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MegaRace 2
Jungle Book Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Book
Toonstruck DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Toonstruck

Selected Screenshots

MeagRace 2 logo
Screenshot from MegaRace 2
Title Screen
Screenshot from Toonstruck
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