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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.87
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.74
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.28
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design3.86
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOSLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment4.20
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure2014Macintosh, WindowsAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.50
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.95
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.2.88
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
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Selected Covers

Toonstruck DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Toonstruck
Supreme Warrior SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Supreme Warrior

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Toonstruck
Title Screen
Screenshot from Supreme Warrior