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
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.78
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
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Selected Covers

Ripper DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ripper
Blue Heat Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Blue Heat

Selected Screenshots

John Rhys-Davies (Actor)
Screenshot from Ripper
The beginning of your week of undercover work
Screenshot from Blue Heat