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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.79
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.31
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.37
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.46
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Lords of the Rising Sun1989Amiga, CD-i, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDCinemaware Corporation4.48
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A.3.36
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.23
Mad Dog McCree19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, iPhone, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.49
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.82
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
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Selected Covers

LocoCycle Windows Front Cover
Front cover for LocoCycle
Mad Dog McCree DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mad Dog McCree

Selected Screenshots

Title Sequence
Screenshot from Mad Dog McCree
System check
Screenshot from The Last Dynasty