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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Psycho Killer1992CDTV, DOSOn-Line PLC0.20
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M0.33
Evil Resistance: Morning of the Dead2008WindowsAkella0.86
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M0.94
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
The Psychotron1994Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing1.58
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 20001.75
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
Missing: An Interactive Thriller - Episode 12014Android, iPad, iPhone, WindowsZandel Media, Inc.2.33
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
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Selected Covers

The Psychotron Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for The Psychotron
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Plumbers Don't Wear Ties

Selected Screenshots

"Jane" introduces you to the game during the only moving video in the entire show.
Screenshot from Plumbers Don't Wear Ties