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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
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.53
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.82
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.79
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.00
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.98
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.14
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.91
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company3.88
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.49
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.50
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A.3.36
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
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Selected Covers

Defcon 5 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Defcon 5
Harvester DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harvester
Diva X: Rebecca Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Diva X: Rebecca
Under a Killing Moon DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Under a Killing Moon

Selected Screenshots

Intro cinematic : the spaceship is flying through the city.
Screenshot from Defcon 5
Dinamic Multimedia presents... "Los Justicieros"
Screenshot from Los Justicieros
Opening movie
Screenshot from Harvester
Title Screen and Main Menu
Screenshot from Diva X: Ariana
Title screen
Screenshot from Under a Killing Moon