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".

  • 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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.46
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.76
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Eraser: Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company...
Evil Resistance: Morning of the Dead2008WindowsAkella...
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Fate by Numbers2007Windows3.80
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software...
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd....
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive...
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited...
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
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Selected Covers

EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EarthSiege 2
Fate by Numbers Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fate by Numbers

Selected Screenshots

Badly Damaged - internal view
Screenshot from EarthSiege 2
Main menu
Screenshot from Fate by Numbers
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