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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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.76
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.87
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.49
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.54
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.31
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.46
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.84
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc.2.71
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
Hiyake no Omoide + Himekuri: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.11995SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
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Selected Covers

Rampo SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Rampo
Command & Conquer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Command & Conquer
Ghostly Desires Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Ghostly Desires
Abaron DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Abaron

Selected Screenshots

Edogawa Rampo's famous quote
Screenshot from Rampo
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Command & Conquer
Game introduction
Screenshot from Ghostly Desires
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron