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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 TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.80
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.00
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
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
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Tomcat Alley SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Tomcat Alley
The Pandora Directive DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Pandora Directive
The Unsolved PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for The Unsolved
Under a Killing Moon DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Under a Killing Moon

Selected Screenshots

FMV title screen
Screenshot from Tomcat Alley
Title screen from the intro
Screenshot from The Pandora Directive
The police is arriving at the crime scene.
Screenshot from The Unsolved