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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
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.95
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.28
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.90
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.37
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.51
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.55
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment4.20
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive2.67
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.74
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Puppet Motel: Laurie Anderson with Hsin-Chien Huang1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
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Selected Covers

Maabus Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Maabus
Ghostly Desires Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Ghostly Desires
Shockwave Assault SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Shockwave Assault

Selected Screenshots

Start menu
Screenshot from Maabus
Game introduction
Screenshot from Ghostly Desires
Intro
Screenshot from Shockwave Assault
Intro movie. She's probably glad the 3DO cost $600.
Screenshot from Immercenary