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Old 01-28-2012, 02:06 PM   #5
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I personally prefer to use the terms "pre-rendered" and "game engine" cutscenes (since technically all the cutscenes are "in" the game, and FMV might be still accurate, but it calls to mind recorded images of live actors as in the CD based consoles of the mid-90's or the original Jedi Knight).

The first are created on different systems and usually have higher production values. The second reflect whatever graphics engine are used to render the regular gameplay, and hence are affected by things like modified skins and such.

Both games use pre-rendered and game-engine style cutscenes, and the detail of the models and quality of the animation is noticeably higher in the former over the latter in both games.

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