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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 20001.75
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive2.67
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.51
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.48
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.55
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc.2.71
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.85
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
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Selected Covers

RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Shinobi Legions
Command & Conquer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Command & Conquer
Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Johnny Mnemonic

Selected Screenshots

Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Introduction - The Moon
Screenshot from Shinobi Legions
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Command & Conquer
Title Screen and Main Menu
Screenshot from Diva X: Ariana
Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic