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
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Metalizer1998DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Anime Freak FX: Vol.61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.31
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
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
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaActivision, Inc....
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd....
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
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Selected Covers

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

Selected Screenshots

The Gallery
Screenshot from The Cassandra Galleries
Taste hot Apache death!
Screenshot from Nuclear Strike
The beginning of your week of undercover work
Screenshot from Blue Heat
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