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".

  • 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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.73
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U....
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd....
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.07
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Game Studios4.14
Alan Wake (Collector's Edition)2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH...
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd....
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.86
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.77
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.77
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.92
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.42
Anime Freak FX: Vol.11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Anime Freak FX: Vol.21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Anime Freak FX: Vol.31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Anime Freak FX: Vol.61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
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Selected Covers

The 11th Hour DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The 11th Hour
Alan Wake Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Alan Wake
Anime Freak FX: Vol.2 PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for Anime Freak FX: Vol.2
Aliens Versus Predator Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Aliens Versus Predator

Selected Screenshots

The main menu
Screenshot from The 11th Hour
Main title.
Screenshot from Alan Wake
Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol.2
ingame title
Screenshot from Aliens Versus Predator
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