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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
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.2.83
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.80
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment0.55
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.64
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.2.88
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.68
The Last Dynasty1994Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.38
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.85
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
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Selected Covers

Plumbers Don't Wear Ties 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Plumbers Don't Wear Ties
Midnight Raiders SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Midnight Raiders

Selected Screenshots

"Jane" introduces you to the game during the only moving video in the entire show.
Screenshot from Plumbers Don't Wear Ties
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders