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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.58
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America LLC4.20
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Anime Freak FX: Vol.61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.86
Metalizer1998DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+1.90
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp....
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.46
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited...
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.70
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.82
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
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Selected Covers

JetFighter: Full Burn DOS Front Cover
Front cover for JetFighter: Full Burn
Vikings Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vikings
Another Mind PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Another Mind

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol.6
The Game Starts in Leif Haraldsson's Home
Screenshot from Vikings
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