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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
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.93
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective1991CDTV, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CDICOM Simulations, Inc.3.93
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, 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
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.95
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
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.4.00
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.00
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.00
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive4.00
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, WindowsZojoi, LLC4.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
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Selected Covers

Myst III: Exile Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst III: Exile
Point of View Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Point of View

Selected Screenshots

Catherine and child
Screenshot from Myst III: Exile
Title screen.
Screenshot from Point of View
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Tex Murphy: Overseer