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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
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.77
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.85
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.74
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.49
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.95
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.28
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.90
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.37
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
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Selected Covers

In the 1st Degree Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for In the 1st Degree
The 11th Hour DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The 11th Hour
Jungle Book Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Book
Stonekeep DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stonekeep

Selected Screenshots

Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from In the 1st Degree
The main menu
Screenshot from The 11th Hour
Thera welcomes you in the ruins beneath Stonekeep
Screenshot from Stonekeep