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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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.01
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
The Last Dynasty1994Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.38
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment0.55
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.70
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.4.00
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 20001.75
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
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Selected Covers

Kids on Site DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Kids on Site
Fahrenheit SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Fahrenheit
WanChai Connection SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for WanChai Connection
Quarantine DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Quarantine

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site
Title Screen
Screenshot from Fahrenheit
Opening movie showing the female victim, still alive, washed ashore.
Screenshot from WanChai Connection