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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
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.90
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19953DO, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.08
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.37
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
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Selected Covers

RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict
animefreak FX: Vol. 2 PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for animefreak FX: Vol. 2
In the 1st Degree Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for In the 1st Degree

Selected Screenshots

Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from In the 1st Degree