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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
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.60
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.75
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.62
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
SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.3.50
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.64
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.2.88
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.80
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
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Selected Covers

Prize Fighter SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Prize Fighter
Burn:Cycle Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Burn:Cycle
The Last Bounty Hunter DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Last Bounty Hunter
Blown Away Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Blown Away

Selected Screenshots

FMV title screen
Screenshot from Prize Fighter
Title screen
Screenshot from Burn:Cycle
American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from The Last Bounty Hunter
Title screen
Screenshot from Blown Away