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

Pyst Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst
Crusader: No Regret DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Crusader: No Regret
MegaRace 2 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MegaRace 2

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Pyst
Main Menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Regret
MeagRace 2 logo
Screenshot from MegaRace 2
Menu screen.
Screenshot from Gothos