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
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.84
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
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Selected Covers

Disruptor PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Disruptor
Urban Runner Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Urban Runner
Toonstruck DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Toonstruck
Soviet Strike SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Soviet Strike

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Disruptor
Intro-Sauna (crime scene)
Screenshot from Urban Runner
Title Screen
Screenshot from Toonstruck