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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
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
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.37
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure2014Macintosh, WindowsAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.40
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
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.42
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver3.43
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.44
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
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.46
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
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Selected Covers

Clue CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Clue
Corpse Killer SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Corpse Killer
The 11th Hour DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The 11th Hour

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Clue
Title Screen
Screenshot from Corpse Killer
The main menu
Screenshot from The 11th Hour
Main menu.
Screenshot from Outwars