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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
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
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
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
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
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.76
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Burn:Cycle Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Burn:Cycle
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Shinobi Legions
Off-World Interceptor 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Off-World Interceptor

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 1
Title screen
Screenshot from Burn:Cycle
Introduction - The Moon
Screenshot from Shinobi Legions
Title screen
Screenshot from Off-World Interceptor