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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.68
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.40
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.2.88
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.80
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.2.83
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.64
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment0.55
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
The Last Dynasty1994Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.38
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software0.25
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Selected Covers

Shock Wave 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Shock Wave
ranTrainer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for ranTrainer
Quarantine DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Quarantine

Selected Screenshots

The alien armada arrives.
Screenshot from Shock Wave
Intro
Screenshot from Clue
Developer's logo
Screenshot from Quarantine