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
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.83
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.70
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.44
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.31
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.04
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Selected Covers

Tender Loving Care Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tender Loving Care
Mech Commander Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Mech Commander
A Fork in the Tale Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Fork in the Tale
JetFighter: Full Burn DOS Front Cover
Front cover for JetFighter: Full Burn
Metalizer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Metalizer

Selected Screenshots

The opening title (DVD version)
Screenshot from Tender Loving Care
Briefing/Deployment Screen
Screenshot from Mech Commander
Mulder and Special Agent Willmore
Screenshot from The X-Files Game
So the Herculania does exist...
Screenshot from Morpheus