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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: 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
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, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.96
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.96
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.98
Alan Wake2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH3.98
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.99
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, WindowsZojoi, LLC4.00
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.00
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive4.00
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.4.00
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC4.00
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
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Selected Covers

Jungle Book Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Book
Ibiza Babewatch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ibiza Babewatch

Selected Screenshots

Title and Main Menu featuring Chessie Moon (in Russian)
Screenshot from Ibiza Babewatch