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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.44
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CDICOM Simulations, Inc.2.88
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective1991CDTV, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CDICOM Simulations, Inc.3.93
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc.4.08
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.67
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd.3.60
Alan Wake (Collector's Edition)2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH3.38
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19953DO, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.08
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M0.33
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M0.94
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.90
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Novastorm DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Novastorm
Microcosm DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Microcosm
Bad Mojo Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Bad Mojo

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Novastorm
Title Screen
Screenshot from Microcosm
The main menu.
Screenshot from Bad Mojo