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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
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
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Critical Path1993Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Vision, Inc.3.17
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Urban Runner1996DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.21
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
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.3.25
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.28
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
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
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.30
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.30
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
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Selected Covers

Akte Europa Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Akte Europa
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Noir: A Shadowy Thriller
Critical Path Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Critical Path
Tender Loving Care Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tender Loving Care

Selected Screenshots

Main menu. AI playing with himself on the background.
Screenshot from Akte Europa
Jack Slayton's Office
Screenshot from Noir: A Shadowy Thriller
Title screen
Screenshot from Critical Path
The opening title
Screenshot from Tender Loving Care