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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
Mad Dog McCree19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, iPhone, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.04
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.06
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.14
Urban Runner1996DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.14
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc.3.20
Critical Path1993Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Vision, Inc.3.22
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.24
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.27
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.28
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.29
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.30
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.30
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Selected Covers

Myst Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Myst
Diva X: Rebecca Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Diva X: Rebecca
Critical Path Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Critical Path
Night Trap SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Night Trap

Selected Screenshots

a book of Myst
Screenshot from Myst
Title screen
Screenshot from Critical Path
Title Screen
Screenshot from Night Trap
The opening title
Screenshot from Tender Loving Care