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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
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CDICOM Simulations, Inc.2.88
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.2.88
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.90
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.95
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.97
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.01
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
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Selected Covers

Pursuit of Justice Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Pursuit of Justice
Emergency Room: Code Red Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Emergency Room: Code Red
animefreak FX: Vol. 2 PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Blown Away Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Blown Away

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen (in Russian)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive
Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Blown Away