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
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.3.75
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH5.00
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.80
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.83
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia4.29
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.72
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Selected Covers

MegaRace 2 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MegaRace 2
Castle Explorer Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Castle Explorer
Gothos Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Gothos
Triple Play 97 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Triple Play 97

Selected Screenshots

MeagRace 2 logo
Screenshot from MegaRace 2
The game's title screen. There are no game options that are accessed via the menu bar.
Screenshot from Castle Explorer
Menu screen.
Screenshot from Gothos
This is a licensed game, I get it.
Screenshot from Triple Play 97