Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.2.83
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.64
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.2.88
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.80
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
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Selected Covers

Burn:Cycle Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Burn:Cycle
Ghosts Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ghosts
ranTrainer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for ranTrainer
The Psychotron Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for The Psychotron

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Burn:Cycle
Title screen
Screenshot from Ghosts
Opening movie showing the female victim, still alive, washed ashore.
Screenshot from WanChai Connection