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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.13
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive4.00
Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.91
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
Casebook: Episode 0 - The Missing Urn2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.82
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH5.00
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.00
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure2014Macintosh, WindowsAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.40
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.4.20
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Casebook: Episode I - Kidnapped2008WindowsMumboJumbo, LLC3.48
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.78
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.79
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.95
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Selected Covers

Star Trek: Borg Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Star Trek: Borg
Area D Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Area D
Clue CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Clue
Mirage Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Mirage

Selected Screenshots

American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from Drug Wars
Title screen
Screenshot from Star Trek: Borg
Intro
Screenshot from Clue
"Gloriana" Main Menu
Screenshot from Gloriana