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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in descending orderPublisherUser Score
Fate by Numbers2007Windows3.80
Her Story2015Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows4.21
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia...
Missing: An Interactive Thriller - Episode 12014Android, iPad, iPhone, WindowsZandel Media, Inc....
Multimedialny Świat Jana Brzechwy1997WindowsYoung Digital Poland...
Multimedialny Świat Juliana Tuwima1997WindowsYoung Digital Poland...
Body Special 264: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.21996SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Hiyake no Omoide + Himekuri: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.11995SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Eraser: Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.41
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.91
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.54
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.40
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
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Selected Covers

Fate by Numbers Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fate by Numbers
Myst Trilogy Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst Trilogy
MTV: Club Dead DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MTV: Club Dead

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Fate by Numbers
Copyright notice
Screenshot from MTV: Club Dead
The police is arriving at the crime scene.
Screenshot from The Unsolved
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