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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Rhem IV: The Golden Fragments - SE2016Macintosh, WindowsRunesoft GmbH...
Quantum Break2016Windows Apps, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Her Story2015Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows4.21
Cibele2015Macintosh, WindowsStar Maid Games...
Casualty: First Day2015BrowserBBC...
Guitar Hero Live2015iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, tvOS, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox OneActivision Publishing, Inc....
Need for Speed2015PlayStation 4, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc....
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure2014Macintosh, WindowsAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.71
Missing: An Interactive Thriller - Episode 12014Android, iPad, iPhone, WindowsZandel Media, Inc....
Roundabout2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneNo Goblin LLC...
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013Linux, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver...
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.07
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.77
Alan Wake (Collector's Edition)2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd....
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd....
Who's the Daddy? 22012Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios...
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive...
Who's the Daddy?2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Casebook Trilogy: Special Edition2010WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Who's the Daddy? 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Who's the Daddy? 2
Guitar Hero Live iPad Front Cover
Front cover for Guitar Hero Live

Selected Screenshots

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