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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.95
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.03
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOSInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
Casebook: Episode 0 - The Missing Urn2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.82
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.91
Casebook: Episode I - Kidnapped2008WindowsMumboJumbo, LLC3.48
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.83
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Selected Covers

Code Blue Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Code Blue
Area D Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Area D
C.I.T.Y. 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for C.I.T.Y. 2000
Command & Conquer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Command & Conquer

Selected Screenshots

Logging into Legacy Memorial hospital.
Screenshot from Code Blue
Title screen
Screenshot from C.I.T.Y. 2000
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Command & Conquer