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
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Zhadnost: The People's Party19953DOStudio 3DO...
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.49
Hiyake no Omoide + Himekuri: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.11995SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.71
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Anime Freak FX: Vol.21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.3.05
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.35
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.54
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
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Selected Covers

Silent Steel Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Silent Steel
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Shinobi Legions
Psychic Detective DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psychic Detective

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Silent Steel
Introduction - The Moon
Screenshot from Shinobi Legions
Title screen
Screenshot from Psychic Detective
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