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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 orderPublisherUser Score
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.3.75
Psycho Killer1992CDTV, DOSOn-Line PLC0.20
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios4.08
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.44
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc.4.08
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISICOM Simulations, Inc.2.88
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
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.4.07
Alan Wake (Collector's Edition)2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH4.19
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.44
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M0.94
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M0.33
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.86
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
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Selected Covers

Global Domination Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Global Domination

Selected Screenshots

The game starts with stirring music and grainy shots of conflict taking place around the world.
Screenshot from Global Domination
Title Screen
Screenshot from Novastorm