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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.62
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.68
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.40
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.42
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.04
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
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Selected Covers

Myst III: Exile Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst III: Exile

Selected Screenshots

Catherine and child
Screenshot from Myst III: Exile
Title Screen
Screenshot from Myst IV: Revelation
Title screen
Screenshot from Myst
Copyright notice
Screenshot from MTV: Club Dead