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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
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.39
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.77
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.60
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.90
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
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Selected Covers

Ø Story PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Ø Story
Metalizer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Metalizer

Selected Screenshots

Main menu.
Screenshot from Ø Story