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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc....
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.84
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia...
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.42
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.44
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software...
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Anime Freak FX: Vol.31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
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Selected Covers

Bad Mojo Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Bad Mojo
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Noir: A Shadowy Thriller

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Anime Freak FX: Vol.3
The main menu.
Screenshot from Bad Mojo
Jack Slayton's Office
Screenshot from Noir: A Shadowy Thriller
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