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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
Urban Runner1996DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.21
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.97
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsDestination Software, Inc.3.90
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.75
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios4.08
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
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Selected Covers

Who Shot Johnny Rock? Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Who Shot Johnny Rock?
Voyeur II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Voyeur II
Urban Runner DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Urban Runner
Vikings Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Vikings

Selected Screenshots

The Damsel in Distress
Screenshot from Who Shot Johnny Rock?
Before the game can be started a code must be entered. It's printed in the manual and is probably the same for all DOS versions of the game
Screenshot from Voyeur II
Intro-SIERRA presents... (that is Max when running)
Screenshot from Urban Runner
The Game Starts in Leif Haraldsson's Home
Screenshot from Vikings