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
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.72
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.80
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
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.83
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
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Selected Covers

L'affaire Morlov DOS Front Cover
Front cover for L'affaire Morlov
Triple Play 97 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Triple Play 97
Top Gun: Fire at Will! DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Top Gun: Fire at Will!
Hardline Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Hardline

Selected Screenshots

Place du Tertre
Screenshot from L'affaire Morlov
This is a licensed game, I get it.
Screenshot from Triple Play 97
Title screen
Screenshot from Top Gun: Fire at Will!
Your character even has magial abilities.
Screenshot from Hardline
Main Menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Regret