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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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.03
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH...
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsRiverhill Soft Inc.4.44
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.37
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software...
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.59
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc....
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios...
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp....
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc....
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.79
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc....
The Psychotron1994Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.77
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A....
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Selected Covers

Under a Killing Moon DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Under a Killing Moon
Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Ground Zero Texas
Noctropolis DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Noctropolis

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Under a Killing Moon
Game title during the animation
Screenshot from Ground Zero Texas
Title screen
Screenshot from Noctropolis
American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from Drug Wars
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