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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.78
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc.4.57
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia4.29
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
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Selected Covers

A Fork in the Tale Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Fork in the Tale
EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EarthSiege 2
Tom Clancy's Politika Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tom Clancy's Politika

Selected Screenshots

Badly Damaged - internal view
Screenshot from EarthSiege 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Pyst (Special Edition)
Menu screen.
Screenshot from Gothos