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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Lords of the Rising Sun1989Amiga, CD-i, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDCinemaware Corporation4.48
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective1991CDTV, DOS, DVD Player, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISInfinite Ventures, Inc.4.21
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.98
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.78
Mad Dog McCree19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, iPhone, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.44
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.79
Space Pirates19923DO, Arcade, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.11
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.23
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc....
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISICOM Simulations, Inc.2.88
Psycho Killer1992CDTV, DOSOn-Line PLC...
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.19
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.62
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A....
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.47
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.78
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.32
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.37
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc....
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.51
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Crime Patrol CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Crime Patrol
Psycho Killer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psycho Killer
Lords of the Rising Sun Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Lords of the Rising Sun

Selected Screenshots

The main menu
Screenshot from Crime Patrol
The game starts in a car
Screenshot from Psycho Killer
Title screen.
Screenshot from Lords of the Rising Sun
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