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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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, Macintosh, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.66
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A.3.36
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.44
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc.4.08
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Man Enough DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Man Enough
Kids on Site DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Kids on Site
The Horde DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Horde
The Psychotron Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for The Psychotron

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from Man Enough
Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site
Title screen
Screenshot from The Horde
Dinamic Multimedia presents... "Los Justicieros"
Screenshot from Los Justicieros