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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 orderUser Score
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.44
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc.4.47
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.86
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH5.00
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
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Selected Covers

Ø Story PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Ø Story
Immercenary 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Immercenary

Selected Screenshots

Mmmmmm........Lara.
Screenshot from Snow Job
Main menu.
Screenshot from Ø Story
Intro movie. She's probably glad the 3DO cost $600.
Screenshot from Immercenary