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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
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, WindowsZojoi, LLC4.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
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.4.02
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.04
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.07
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd.4.07
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc.4.08
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19953DO, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.08
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios4.08
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.09
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Alan Wake (Collector's Edition)2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH4.19
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment4.20
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Selected Covers

Toonstruck DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Toonstruck
Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Omega Boost
Alan Wake Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Alan Wake

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Toonstruck
Intro
Screenshot from Omega Boost
Main title.
Screenshot from Alan Wake
Title screen
Screenshot from Off-World Interceptor