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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.4.20
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
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Selected Covers

RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict
Immercenary 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Immercenary
Abaron DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Abaron
Quest for Fame Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Quest for Fame

Selected Screenshots

Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Intro movie. She's probably glad the 3DO cost $600.
Screenshot from Immercenary
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
Mmmmmm........Lara.
Screenshot from Snow Job
Title Screen
Screenshot from Solar Eclipse