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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.42
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
The Psychotron1994Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios...
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
Anime Freak FX: Vol.61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Anime Freak FX: Vol.31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Anime Freak FX: Vol.21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Anime Freak FX: Vol.11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc....
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.06
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.78
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.73
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.03
Roundabout2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneNo Goblin LLC...
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.07
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.77
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.91
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company...
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.70
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames...
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Selected Covers

Defcon 5 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Defcon 5
The 7th Guest DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The 7th Guest
The Pandora Directive DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Pandora Directive

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol.6
Intro cinematic : the spaceship is flying through the city.
Screenshot from Defcon 5
Title Screen
Screenshot from The 7th Guest
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