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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.31
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.3.75
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.78
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.04
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
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Selected Covers

Nuclear Strike Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Nuclear Strike
The Cassandra Galleries Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for The Cassandra Galleries

Selected Screenshots

Taste hot Apache death!
Screenshot from Nuclear Strike
The Gallery
Screenshot from The Cassandra Galleries