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
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.98
Mad Dog McCree19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, iPhone, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.44
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective1991CDTV, DOS, DVD Player, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISInfinite Ventures, Inc.4.21
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISICOM Simulations, Inc.2.88
Space Pirates19923DO, Arcade, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.11
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc....
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.62
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.19
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.79
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.23
Psycho Killer1992CDTV, DOSOn-Line PLC...
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.67
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A....
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.52
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.78
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc....
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.77
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Selected Covers

Mad Dog McCree DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mad Dog McCree
Voyeur DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Voyeur
KGB DOS Front Cover
Front cover for KGB
Sewer Shark SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Sewer Shark

Selected Screenshots

American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from Drug Wars
Title Sequence
Screenshot from Mad Dog McCree
Game lockout mechanism
Screenshot from Voyeur
Main Title
Screenshot from KGB
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