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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive2.67
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.37
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.86
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.37
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.84
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.46
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
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Selected Covers

Maabus Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Maabus
Quest for Fame Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Quest for Fame
Mirage Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Mirage

Selected Screenshots

Start menu
Screenshot from Maabus
Introduction - The Moon
Screenshot from Shinobi Legions
Title screen
Screenshot from Surgical Strike