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 descending orderUser Score
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Rhem IV: The Golden Fragments - SE2016Macintosh, WindowsRunesoft GmbH...
Body Special 264: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.21996SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Need for Speed2015PlayStation 4, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc....
Guitar Hero Live2015iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, tvOS, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox OneActivision Publishing, Inc....
Who's the Daddy? 22012Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Who's the Daddy?2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Casualty: First Day2015BrowserBBC...
Hiyake no Omoide + Himekuri: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.11995SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Zhadnost: The People's Party19953DOStudio 3DO...
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
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Selected Covers

Who's the Daddy? Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Who's the Daddy?
Ø Story PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Ø Story
Panic in the Park Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Panic in the Park
Guitar Hero Live iPad Front Cover
Front cover for Guitar Hero Live

Selected Screenshots

Katie gives a hint (Trial version)
Screenshot from Who's the Daddy?
Main menu.
Screenshot from Ø Story
Installation
Screenshot from Panic in the Park
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