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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 orderPublisherMobyScore
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.77
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.03
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Urban Runner1996DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.21
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
The Last Dynasty1994Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.38
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
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
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 20001.75
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.68
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.75
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Selected Covers

The X-Files Game Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The X-Files Game
The Last Dynasty Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Last Dynasty
Star Trek: Klingon Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Star Trek: Klingon
Surgical Strike SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Surgical Strike
Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Mr. Bones

Selected Screenshots

Mulder and Special Agent Willmore
Screenshot from The X-Files Game
Title screen
Screenshot from The Last Dynasty
Installation background
Screenshot from Star Trek: Klingon
Title screen
Screenshot from Surgical Strike