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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 orderUser Score
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Space Pirates19923DO, Arcade, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.11
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 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
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.19
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, 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 House3.31
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A.3.36
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Selected Covers

Need for Speed: Carbon Xbox Front Cover
Front cover for Need for Speed: Carbon
Zorro DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Zorro

Selected Screenshots

The main menu screen
Screenshot from Need for Speed: Carbon
Title screen
Screenshot from Zorro