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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
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.2.88
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.70
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.2.83
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
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
Critical Path1993Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Vision, Inc.3.17
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.75
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.40
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.44
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.62
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.68
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
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Selected Covers

Supreme Warrior SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Supreme Warrior
Myst Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Myst
Under a Killing Moon DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Under a Killing Moon
Jungle Strike Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Strike

Selected Screenshots

American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from Drug Wars
Title Screen
Screenshot from Supreme Warrior
a book of Myst
Screenshot from Myst
Now <em>that's</em> a configuration screen
Screenshot from Under a Killing Moon