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In Training
Jun 28, 2008



One of my favorite aesthetics in games came about in the PSX era, when games moved into 3D and had to adopt to new storytelling opportunities. There was a split at this point: some games opted for modest (or downright minimalist), in-engine cutscenes. For bigger companies who had the budget for it, they went whole hog and produced CG FMVs trying to mimic actual movies. If there was all this room on the new disc, they wanted to use it. While ambitious, the technology to produce fully animated polygonal characters was pretty rough, and the resultant videos have a very bizarre, plastic and alien look. I really love this style, it has a very unnerving affect. Some games utilize it well (horror games in particular) and some are strange failures, but it was all a cool experimental period. My favorite part of playing games from this period is stumbling on bizarre cutscenes. Some of my favorites:

FFVIII - Squall and Rinoa in Space - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F78Dhi3V40
Parasite Eve - The Opera - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDIAk8yZlVE starts at 1:52
Silent Hill - Opening Montage - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNY6hviXRh4

Of all the retro sensibilities in gaming, this particular look has been pretty strongly extinct, because it is practically impossible to really emulate in a modern context. There won't really be an endless stream of indie decks able to produce motion captured FMV that looks like this, and modern AAA developers have perfected the tech to a much more refined look. Lets share some awesomely weird CGI FMV

In Training fucked around with this message at 01:14 on Jan 26, 2017

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Plutonis
Mar 25, 2011


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBcplCRt3t4

BipolarAurora
Jan 1, 2013



Both of Persona 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPKXEF1z5ac
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNazoPO-3-w

Lumpy the Cook
Feb 4, 2011


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3766958

In Training
Jun 28, 2008




This is my poo poo. Especially the second one, with the really overwrought vocals over the eurotrash beat and methodically edited images of really big guns exploding poo poo in between cuts of vaguely Cyber landscapes...incredible! I made this thread because I always associated this look with the square games of the period since they were at the forefront of the scene with their own huge animation team, but I started playing Devil Summoner today and saw some awesome hacking scenes where the camera zoomed in on a computer screen and then it was really dumb CGI tunnel shots of inside blue cables filled with demons and such and realized "Oh of course, Atlus was definitely doing this as well" but since all the games were japanese only Ive never really seen any of them

In Training
Jun 28, 2008



Edited the OP because I realized all the video links were broken. also,


lmfao. Wish I could have goldmined this

MeatwadIsGod
Sep 30, 2004

Behold! It is I! I bestow upon you...my dirty dipey!


https://youtube.com/watch?v=bVFnXKpiH5M

MeatwadIsGod fucked around with this message at 01:53 on Jan 26, 2017

elf help book
Aug 5, 2004

It's not a dream, or a lie.
I know my sister is alive out there.



YES

Captain Fuck Face
May 6, 2007

:] i like to read post :]


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBPLaAtq26E

Captain Fuck Face
May 6, 2007

:] i like to read post :]


Captain Fuck Face
May 6, 2007

:] i like to read post :]


O___O

In Training
Jun 28, 2008




Frig yes dude.

In Training
Jun 28, 2008



This is like my platonic ideal of video game cutscene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9rGtt0gmZg#t=277s

Plutonis
Mar 25, 2011


In Training posted:

This is like my platonic ideal of video game cutscene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9rGtt0gmZg#t=277s

every tekken ending cutscene is insanely epic even to this day

Plutonis
Mar 25, 2011


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsvfP5BQxaw

beep by grandpa
May 5, 2004



goferchan
Feb 8, 2004



Parasite Eve opera scene is loving incredible . That and FFVIII were the first PSX games i got really into, i was a little late for FFVII and didn't play til much later

goferchan
Feb 8, 2004



https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...5371&perpage=40 great stuff in this thread too which should be gold mined and not just because i got a lot of empty quotes

In Training
Jun 28, 2008



goferchan posted:

Parasite Eve opera scene is loving incredible . That and FFVIII were the first PSX games i got really into, i was a little late for FFVII and didn't play til much later

FFVII is a way way better game but I think FFVIII has my fave cutscenes. The art design of that game makes zero sense but you can tell they put a lot of effort into every element of the game. It's a high octane mess

goferchan
Feb 8, 2004



I have been naming the protagonist in RPGs Squall since middle school lol. FF8 permanently warped my brain but man it will always be my favorite

In Training
Jun 28, 2008



goferchan posted:

I have been naming the protagonist in RPGs Squall since middle school lol. FF8 permanently warped my brain but man it will always be my favorite

I love absolutely everything about how crazy rear end FFVIII is, which was cemented when after the above Squall and Rinoa in Space scene, this Faye Wong (FFVIII original) song kicks in, lyrics and all, while they make out in a spaceship cockpit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oQv3leISYU

Its a shame that 8 has the bar none the worst mechanics out of the entire series

In Training
Jun 28, 2008



The closest relative to this aesthetic was the cutscenes in X-2, with this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N4ETTcIcQk

being a personal highlight.

Sharkopath
May 27, 2009



This isn't a console game but is of the time period, and is one of my favs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwqXi0Py-m4

I.N.R.I
May 26, 2011


ridge racer type 4

emoji
Jun 4, 2004


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwkOSQ86pDk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb8QlR73Roc

I.N.R.I
May 26, 2011


I.N.R.I posted:

ridge racer type 4

btw, i should stress that the intro is a masterpiece and aged really well, it doesnt look bizarre or anything.

super sweet best pal
Nov 18, 2009



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_bgE5Rq8xo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn58158ygXI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJyUQ7zarS8

Bolverkur
Aug 9, 2012



it was such an epic gaming moment to see a new FMV when you were playing. you knew poo poo was about to go down when they started.

The Kins
Oct 2, 2004

Sector Effector


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8mDwU-XiDU

Party Boat
Oct 31, 2007

where did that other dog come from

who is he


I love the FMVs in the original Blood Omen. Clunky early CG and loads of overacting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHCWszTVKpY

Elusif
Jun 9, 2008



The Dead to Rights dodging the laser car cutscene.

Tiestofan69
Jan 26, 2011



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp1YQ27FMqo

PaletteSwappedNinja
Jun 3, 2008

One Nation, Under God.


not canon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DRstXwtUGI

PaletteSwappedNinja
Jun 3, 2008

One Nation, Under God.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3F2Tfj_seQ

Sharkopath
May 27, 2009



I.N.R.I posted:

btw, i should stress that the intro is a masterpiece and aged really well, it doesnt look bizarre or anything.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMZ872rsa90

lol rad

beep by grandpa
May 5, 2004



I have no less than 3 memory cards filled up with saves right before the cool parts of FF7, FF8 and FF9

Human Grand Prix
Jan 24, 2013

by FactsAreUseless


I.N.R.I posted:

btw, i should stress that the intro is a masterpiece and aged really well, it doesnt look bizarre or anything.

The same could said of the whole game.

Human Grand Prix
Jan 24, 2013

by FactsAreUseless


I.N.R.I posted:

ridge racer type 4

Did you get the letter from Reiko?

Human Grand Prix
Jan 24, 2013

by FactsAreUseless



It's really badass.

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bump_fn
Apr 12, 2004




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuIwgSO4jNs

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