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 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
The Psychotron1994Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
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
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 20001.75
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
Erevos2001WindowsGrenadios2.29
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

MAG!!! Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for MAG!!!
Psycho Killer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psycho Killer
Randevu s neznakomkoy 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Randevu s neznakomkoy 2
Man Enough DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Man Enough

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from MAG!!!
The game starts in a car
Screenshot from Psycho Killer
Title screen
Screenshot from Randevu s neznakomkoy 2
Intro
Screenshot from Man Enough