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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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
The Last Dynasty1994Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.38
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.98
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.40
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment0.55
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.68
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.75
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.68
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc.4.08
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.29
SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, Macintosh, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.67
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.62
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.74
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Selected Covers

Noctropolis DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Noctropolis
SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM
The Last Bounty Hunter DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Last Bounty Hunter
Myst Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Myst

Selected Screenshots

Flashpoint Logo
Screenshot from Noctropolis
Intro - Growing city
Screenshot from SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM
American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from The Last Bounty Hunter
a book of Myst
Screenshot from Myst