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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.02
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc.2.71
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective1991CDTV, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CDICOM Simulations, Inc.3.93
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, WindowsZojoi, LLC4.00
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CDICOM Simulations, Inc.2.88
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc.4.08
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.3.50
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.4.00
SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 20001.75
Space Pirates19923DO, Arcade, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.03
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Selected Covers

Space Pirates DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Space Pirates
Soviet Strike SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Soviet Strike
Sewer Shark SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Sewer Shark

Selected Screenshots

Introduction
Screenshot from Space Pirates
Title Screen
Screenshot from Soviet Strike
Title Screen
Screenshot from Sewer Shark