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
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.83
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia4.29
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.83
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
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Selected Covers

MAG!!! Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for MAG!!!
Star Trek: Borg Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Star Trek: Borg
Castle Explorer Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Castle Explorer
Hardline Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Hardline

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from MAG!!!
Title screen
Screenshot from Star Trek: Borg
The game's title screen. There are no game options that are accessed via the menu bar.
Screenshot from Castle Explorer
Your character even has magial abilities.
Screenshot from Hardline