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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".

  • 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
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.74
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
The Last Dynasty1994Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.38
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.80
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment0.55
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.64
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.40
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Selected Covers

MTV: Club Dead DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MTV: Club Dead
The Psychotron Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for The Psychotron
The Last Dynasty Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Last Dynasty
Clue CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Clue
Blown Away Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Blown Away

Selected Screenshots

Copyright notice
Screenshot from MTV: Club Dead
Title screen
Screenshot from The Last Dynasty
Screenshot from Clue
Title screen
Screenshot from Blown Away
Title screen
Screenshot from Phoenix 3