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
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.83
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.44
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH5.00
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
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Selected Covers

Dune 2000 PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Dune 2000
Blue Heat Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Blue Heat
Mech Commander Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Mech Commander
Tom Clancy's Politika Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tom Clancy's Politika

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu
Screenshot from Dune 2000
Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol. 6
The beginning of your week of undercover work
Screenshot from Blue Heat
Briefing/Deployment Screen
Screenshot from Mech Commander