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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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.75
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.39
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.66
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M0.94
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.90
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
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Selected Covers

Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Omega Boost
Mech Commander Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Mech Commander
Outwars Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Outwars

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from Omega Boost
Briefing/Deployment Screen
Screenshot from Mech Commander
Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol. 6