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".

  • 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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.92
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.04
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.59
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc.2.71
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.19
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective1991CDTV, DOS, DVD Player, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISInfinite Ventures, Inc.4.21
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, DVD Player, Macintosh, SEGA CDInfinite Ventures, Inc.3.66
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
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Selected Covers

ranTrainer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for ranTrainer
Quarantine DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Quarantine

Selected Screenshots

Developer's logo
Screenshot from Quarantine