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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
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver2.86
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CDICOM Simulations, 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
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 2.98
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Casebook Trilogy: Special Edition2010WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.00
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
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Selected Covers

A Fork in the Tale Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Fork in the Tale
animefreak FX: Vol. 2 PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Ghosts Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ghosts

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Ghosts
Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 3