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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
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment4.20
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.74
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.55
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.51
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 20001.75
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.4.00
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.03
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.50
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
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Selected Covers

The Dame Was Loaded DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Dame Was Loaded
RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict
Silent Steel Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Silent Steel
Psychic Detective DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psychic Detective

Selected Screenshots

Anger's client, Carol Klein.
Screenshot from The Dame Was Loaded
Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Title Screen
Screenshot from Silent Steel
Title screen
Screenshot from Psychic Detective