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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.90
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsDestination Software, Inc.3.90
Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.91
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.91
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.92
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.92
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising2009WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective1991CDTV, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CDICOM Simulations, Inc.3.93
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Point of View2001WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.95
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.98
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC4.00
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.00
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.00
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive4.00
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.00
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Selected Covers

Missing Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Missing
Realms of the Haunting DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Realms of the Haunting
Myst III: Exile Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst III: Exile

Selected Screenshots

One of the many websites that comprise this game.
Screenshot from Missing
Exploring the mansion.
Screenshot from Realms of the Haunting
Catherine and child
Screenshot from Myst III: Exile