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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.85
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design3.86
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.86
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.87
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.87
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company3.88
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.90
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie2010Macintosh, WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.89
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.90
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsDestination Software, Inc.3.90
Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.91
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.91
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising2009WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.92
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Selected Covers

Phoenix 3 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Phoenix 3
Black Dahlia Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Black Dahlia

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Phoenix 3
Jim Pearson, rookie detective
Screenshot from Black Dahlia