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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
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.3.05
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
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc....
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....
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc....
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.30
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.31
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.31
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.31
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Selected Covers

Silent Steel Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Silent Steel
Temüjin Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Temüjin
Psychic Detective DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psychic Detective
Dark Side of the Moon Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Dark Side of the Moon

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Silent Steel
Main Title
Screenshot from Temüjin
Title screen
Screenshot from Psychic Detective
Main Menu
Screenshot from Dark Side of the Moon
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