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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.51
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, Macintosh, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.67
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.40
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.39
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC4.00
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Erevos2001WindowsGrenadios2.29
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company3.88
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
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Selected Covers

Deep Fighter Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Deep Fighter
Disruptor PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Disruptor
EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EarthSiege 2
Emergency Room: Code Red Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Emergency Room: Code Red

Selected Screenshots

American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from Drug Wars
Title screen
Screenshot from Disruptor
Badly Damaged - internal view
Screenshot from EarthSiege 2
Title Screen and Main Menu
Screenshot from Diva X: Ariana