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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
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
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Selected Covers

Vet Emergency Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency
Help Fight Breast Cancer Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Help Fight Breast Cancer
RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict
Who is Oscar Lake? Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Who is Oscar Lake?

Selected Screenshots

Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
Installation
Screenshot from Panic in the Park