Live action cut-scenes

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 for the static cut-scenes only. Games that use live action for the interactive gameplay use the game genre Art Style: Live action instead.

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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Selected Covers

Roundabout Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Roundabout
Her Story Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Her Story

Selected Screenshots

Microsoft's <moby developer="Eric Neustadter">Eric Neustadter</moby> appears as Mickey the Mechanic in the title screen.
Screenshot from Roundabout
Main title
Screenshot from Her Story
Main menu (Trial version)
Screenshot from Who's the Daddy? 2
New game
Screenshot from Ms. Splosion Man
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