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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 orderUser Score
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Castle Explorer1996Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia...
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
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Selected Covers

Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Johnny Mnemonic
Metalizer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Metalizer
WanChai Connection SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for WanChai Connection
Ø Story PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Ø Story

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic
The game's title screen. There are no game options that are accessed via the menu bar.
Screenshot from Castle Explorer
Opening movie showing the female victim, still alive, washed ashore.
Screenshot from WanChai Connection
Main menu.
Screenshot from Ø Story
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders