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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Guitar Hero Live2015iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, tvOS, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox OneActivision Publishing, Inc....
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Her Story2015iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows3.92
Hiyake no Omoide + Himekuri: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.11995SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.95
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.47
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.42
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsRiverhill Soft Inc.4.44
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
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Selected Covers

Guitar Hero Live iPad Front Cover
Front cover for Guitar Hero Live
JetFighter: Full Burn DOS Front Cover
Front cover for JetFighter: Full Burn
It Came from the Desert TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for It Came from the Desert
Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Johnny Mnemonic

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from It Came from the Desert
Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic
Title and Main Menu featuring Chessie Moon (in Russian)
Screenshot from Ibiza Babewatch