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
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Quantum Break2016Windows Apps, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Wheel of Fortune1994SEGA CD, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Eraser: Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
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...
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
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Selected Covers

Guitar Hero Live iPad Front Cover
Front cover for Guitar Hero Live
All Star Strip Poker Windows Front Cover
Front cover for All Star Strip Poker
Help Fight Breast Cancer Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Help Fight Breast Cancer
Casualty: First Day Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Casualty: First Day

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from Wheel of Fortune
Title screen
Screenshot from Casualty: First Day
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
Main menu (Trial version)
Screenshot from Who's the Daddy? 2
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