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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.80
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.83
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Selected Covers

EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EarthSiege 2
Pyst Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst
Bad Mojo Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Bad Mojo
Krazy Ivan Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Krazy Ivan

Selected Screenshots

Badly Damaged - internal view
Screenshot from EarthSiege 2
Title Screen
Screenshot from Pyst
The main menu.
Screenshot from Bad Mojo
Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan