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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc.2.71
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.55
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.51
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 20001.75
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment4.20
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive2.67
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
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Selected Covers

Silent Steel Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Silent Steel
Defcon 5 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Defcon 5
Surgical Strike SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Surgical Strike

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Silent Steel
Intro cinematic : the spaceship is flying through the city.
Screenshot from Defcon 5
Title screen
Screenshot from Surgical Strike