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
Hiyake no Omoide + Himekuri: Girls in Motion Puzzle Vol.11995SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
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Selected Covers

Kids on Site DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Kids on Site
Metalizer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Metalizer
Rampo SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Rampo
Herod's Lost Tomb Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Herod's Lost Tomb
LocoCycle Windows Front Cover
Front cover for LocoCycle

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site
Edogawa Rampo's famous quote
Screenshot from Rampo
Choose your character
Screenshot from Herod's Lost Tomb
Main menu.
Screenshot from Ø Story
Installation
Screenshot from Panic in the Park