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
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia4.29
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.83
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc.4.57
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
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Selected Covers

Harvester DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harvester
Diva X: Rebecca Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Diva X: Rebecca

Selected Screenshots

Opening movie
Screenshot from Harvester
The game's title screen. There are no game options that are accessed via the menu bar.
Screenshot from Castle Explorer