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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 orderPublisherMobyScore
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.93
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.51
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.3.47
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.3.55
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A.3.36
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Psycho Killer1992CDTV, DOSOn-Line PLC0.20
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios4.08
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.44
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
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Selected Covers

Crusader: No Regret DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Crusader: No Regret
Psycho Killer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psycho Killer
Microcosm DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Microcosm
Pyst Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Regret
The game starts in a car
Screenshot from Psycho Killer
Developer screen
Screenshot from Citizen X
Dinamic Multimedia presents... "Los Justicieros"
Screenshot from Los Justicieros
Title Screen and Main Menu
Screenshot from Diva X: Ariana