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
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Johnny Mnemonic
Who is Oscar Lake? Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Who is Oscar Lake?
Help Fight Breast Cancer Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Help Fight Breast Cancer
C.I.T.Y. 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for C.I.T.Y. 2000

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic
Title screen
Screenshot from C.I.T.Y. 2000
Installation
Screenshot from Panic in the Park
Edogawa Rampo's famous quote
Screenshot from Rampo