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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.72
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
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Selected Covers

Jungle Book Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Book
Ripper DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ripper

Selected Screenshots

John Rhys-Davies (Actor)
Screenshot from Ripper