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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.59
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.60
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.2.60
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.62
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.64
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive2.67
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc.2.71
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
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Selected Covers

Shockwave Assault SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Shockwave Assault
Prize Fighter SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Prize Fighter
Maabus Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Maabus

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from Shockwave Assault
FMV title screen
Screenshot from Prize Fighter
Start menu
Screenshot from Maabus