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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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.84
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Point of View2001WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.95
Evil Resistance: Morning of the Dead2008WindowsAkella0.86
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.14
Mad Dog McCree19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, iPhone, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.49
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.13
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.68
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.97
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive4.00
Casebook: Episode 0 - The Missing Urn2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.82
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
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Selected Covers

Crime Patrol CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Crime Patrol
Who Shot Johnny Rock? Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Who Shot Johnny Rock?
Tender Loving Care Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tender Loving Care

Selected Screenshots

American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from Drug Wars
The main menu
Screenshot from Crime Patrol