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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
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.40
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.00
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.60
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.44
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.3.50
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
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
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
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Selected Covers

Kids on Site DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Kids on Site
Supreme Warrior SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Supreme Warrior

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site
Title Screen
Screenshot from Supreme Warrior