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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M...
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.92
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M...
Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire1999Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.75
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America LLC4.20
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri1999Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.97
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.58
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.79
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.82
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.46
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.86
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+1.90
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
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Selected Covers

Vikings Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vikings
Tender Loving Care Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tender Loving Care

Selected Screenshots

The Game Starts in Leif Haraldsson's Home
Screenshot from Vikings
The opening title (DVD version)
Screenshot from Tender Loving Care
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