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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
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19953DO, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.08
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
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.95
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.70
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
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.3.50
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
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Selected Covers

animefreak FX: Vol. 2 PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for animefreak FX: Vol. 2
ranTrainer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for ranTrainer
Shock Wave 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Shock Wave
Mission Critical DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mission Critical

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 2
The alien armada arrives.
Screenshot from Shock Wave
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
Title Screen
Screenshot from Mission Critical