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
Quantum Break2016Windows Apps, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Rhem IV: The Golden Fragments - SE2016Macintosh, WindowsRunesoft GmbH...
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....
Her Story2015Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows4.21
Casualty: First Day2015BrowserBBC...
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...
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013Linux, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver...
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd....
Who's the Daddy? 22012Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.07
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.77
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
Alan Wake (Collector's Edition)2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH...
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive...
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Who's the Daddy?2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios...
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc....
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.86
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Selected Covers

Casualty: First Day Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Casualty: First Day
LocoCycle Windows Front Cover
Front cover for LocoCycle

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Casualty: First Day
Main menu (Trial version)
Screenshot from Who's the Daddy? 2
Katie gives a hint (Trial version)
Screenshot from Who's the Daddy?
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