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
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH5.00
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.98
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.3.75
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.04
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Selected Covers

Temüjin Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Temüjin
Pyst (Special Edition) Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst (Special Edition)
Byzantine: The Betrayal Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Byzantine: The Betrayal

Selected Screenshots

Main Title
Screenshot from Temüjin
Title screen
Screenshot from Pyst (Special Edition)
Title screen
Screenshot from Byzantine: The Betrayal