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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M0.94
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.98
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.57
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.42
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Selected Covers

Myst III: Exile Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst III: Exile
Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Omega Boost
Deep Fighter Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Deep Fighter

Selected Screenshots

Catherine and child
Screenshot from Myst III: Exile
Intro
Screenshot from Omega Boost