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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
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.83
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
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Selected Covers

Another Mind PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Another Mind

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from C.I.T.Y. 2000
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders