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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
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.86
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.53
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.02
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.3.50
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
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...
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
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Selected Covers

Yoomurjak's Ring Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Yoomurjak's Ring
Under a Killing Moon DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Under a Killing Moon
Novastorm DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Novastorm
Harvester DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harvester
Crusader: No Regret DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Crusader: No Regret

Selected Screenshots

Now <em>that's</em> a configuration screen
Screenshot from Under a Killing Moon
Title Screen
Screenshot from Novastorm
Opening movie
Screenshot from Harvester
Main Menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Regret
Dinamic Multimedia presents... "Los Justicieros"
Screenshot from Los Justicieros