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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
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
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.05
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd.4.07
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios4.08
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc.4.08
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.13
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.14
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.14
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, 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 Entertainment Corp.4.20
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective1991CDTV, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISICOM Simulations, Inc.4.21
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.23
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.40
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.40
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.42
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Selected Covers

Yoomurjak's Ring Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Yoomurjak's Ring
Myst IV: Revelation Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst IV: Revelation
Alan Wake Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Alan Wake

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Myst IV: Revelation
Main title.
Screenshot from Alan Wake