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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
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
The Last Dynasty1994Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.38
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
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.4.02
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
Urban Runner1996DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.14
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.42
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 Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock 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 Limited2.79
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.76
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
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Selected Covers

Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Omega Boost
Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Ground Zero Texas
Urban Runner DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Urban Runner
Rama Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Rama
The Last Dynasty Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Last Dynasty

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from Omega Boost
Game title during the animation
Screenshot from Ground Zero Texas
Intro-SIERRA presents... (that is Max when running)
Screenshot from Urban Runner
Title screen
Screenshot from Rama
Title screen
Screenshot from The Last Dynasty