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
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Body Special 264: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.21996SEGA SaturnYanoman 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...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
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Selected Covers

Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Johnny Mnemonic
Midnight Raiders SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Midnight Raiders

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
Title screen
Screenshot from C.I.T.Y. 2000