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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
The Psychotron1994SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.84
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.37
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Selected Covers

Mission Critical DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mission Critical
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Plumbers Don't Wear Ties
Supreme Warrior SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Supreme Warrior

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Mission Critical
"Jane" introduces you to the game during the only moving video in the entire show.
Screenshot from Plumbers Don't Wear Ties
Title Screen
Screenshot from Supreme Warrior