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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.03
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.4.03
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.04
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.06
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19953DO, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.08
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc.4.08
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios4.08
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997MacintoshBandai Digital Entertainment4.17
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment4.20
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.40
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc.4.47
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
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Selected Covers

Under a Killing Moon DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Under a Killing Moon

Selected Screenshots

Now <em>that's</em> a configuration screen
Screenshot from Under a Killing Moon
Main title.
Screenshot from Alan Wake