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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.32
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.34
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.35
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A.3.36
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.37
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.37
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.40
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.42
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013Linux, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver3.43
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREW, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360EA Mobile3.44
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.45
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.46
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Selected Covers

Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Mr. Bones
Clue CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Clue
It Came from the Desert TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for It Came from the Desert
Golden Gate Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Gate
Rama DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Rama

Selected Screenshots

The title screen.
Screenshot from Mr. Bones
Intro
Screenshot from Clue
Dinamic Multimedia presents... "Los Justicieros"
Screenshot from Los Justicieros
Title Screen
Screenshot from It Came from the Desert
Opening Screen
Screenshot from Golden Gate