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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.62
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A.3.36
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.75
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
Critical Path1993Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Vision, Inc.3.17
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.44
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.29
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.79
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.40
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.68
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, Macintosh, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.66
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc.4.08
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.60
Space Pirates19923DO, Arcade, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.03
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CDICOM Simulations, Inc.2.88
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
Psycho Killer1992CDTV, DOSOn-Line PLC0.20
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Selected Covers

Dracula Unleashed DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dracula Unleashed
Microcosm DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Microcosm
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM
Critical Path Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Critical Path

Selected Screenshots

Publisher screen
Screenshot from Dracula Unleashed
Dinamic Multimedia presents... "Los Justicieros"
Screenshot from Los Justicieros
American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from Drug Wars
Title Screen
Screenshot from Microcosm