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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.86
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.56
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.46
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.54
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.97
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The...
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc....
Zhadnost: The People's Party19953DOStudio 3DO...
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO...
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.47
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
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Selected Covers

In the 1st Degree Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for In the 1st Degree
Connections Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Connections
Abaron DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Abaron
Mission Critical DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mission Critical
Phoenix 3 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Phoenix 3

Selected Screenshots

Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from In the 1st Degree
Your goal is to collect items representing innovations throughout history and put them into a chain of connections
Screenshot from Connections
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
Title Screen
Screenshot from Mission Critical
Title screen
Screenshot from Phoenix 3
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