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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
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.75
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.40
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.74
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A.3.36
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.29
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.40
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.98
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
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Selected Covers

Under a Killing Moon DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Under a Killing Moon
Ghosts Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ghosts
Double Switch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Double Switch
Noctropolis DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Noctropolis
WanChai Connection SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for WanChai Connection

Selected Screenshots

Now <em>that's</em> a configuration screen
Screenshot from Under a Killing Moon
Dinamic Multimedia presents... "Los Justicieros"
Screenshot from Los Justicieros
Title screen
Screenshot from Ghosts
Developer Screen
Screenshot from Double Switch
Flashpoint Logo
Screenshot from Noctropolis