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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
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
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.3.89
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 LLC3.84
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.49
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.46
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.84
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.37
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Selected Covers

Toonstruck DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Toonstruck
Gloriana DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Gloriana
Command & Conquer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Command & Conquer
The Last Dynasty Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Last Dynasty

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Toonstruck
"Gloriana" Main Menu
Screenshot from Gloriana
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Command & Conquer
Title screen
Screenshot from The Last Dynasty