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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Puppet Motel: Laurie Anderson with Hsin-Chien Huang1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
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Selected Covers

Metalizer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Metalizer
Panic in the Park Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Panic in the Park
Who is Oscar Lake? Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Who is Oscar Lake?
Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Johnny Mnemonic
RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict

Selected Screenshots

Installation
Screenshot from Panic in the Park
Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic
Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict