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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.86
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.46
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
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Selected Covers

Tomcat Alley SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Tomcat Alley
EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EarthSiege 2
Surgical Strike SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Surgical Strike
Missing Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Missing

Selected Screenshots

FMV title screen
Screenshot from Tomcat Alley
Badly Damaged - internal view
Screenshot from EarthSiege 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Surgical Strike
One of the many websites that comprise this game.
Screenshot from Missing