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
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.33
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....
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.36
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.37
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.38
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.41
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.42
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc....
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc....
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013Linux, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver...
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C....
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.44
Mad Dog McCree19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, iPhone, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.44
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company...
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Selected Covers

Connections Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Connections
Missing: The 13th Victim Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Missing: The 13th Victim
Myst Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Myst
Disruptor PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Disruptor

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Connections
a book of Myst
Screenshot from Myst
Title screen
Screenshot from Disruptor
Title Sequence
Screenshot from Mad Dog McCree
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