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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
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.42
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.57
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M0.94
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
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Selected Covers

Aliens Versus Predator Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Aliens Versus Predator
Outwars Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Outwars
Dune 2000 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Dune 2000
Tender Loving Care Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tender Loving Care

Selected Screenshots

ingame title
Screenshot from Aliens Versus Predator
Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol. 6
Main menu.
Screenshot from Outwars
Main Menu
Screenshot from Dune 2000