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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 orderUser Score
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.91
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.91
Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher2009WindowsAreograph Ltd...
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.92
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Point of View2001DVD Player, WindowsDigital Circus Entertainment, Inc....
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.96
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.97
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG...
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Selected Covers

Mission Critical DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mission Critical
Ibiza Babewatch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ibiza Babewatch
Wing Commander: Prophecy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Wing Commander: Prophecy

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Mission Critical
Title and Main Menu featuring Chessie Moon (in Russian)
Screenshot from Ibiza Babewatch
Intro Start Up
Screenshot from Wing Commander: Prophecy
Exploring the mansion.
Screenshot from Realms of the Haunting
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