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
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.30
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd....
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd....
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.09
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Multimedialny Świat Juliana Tuwima1997WindowsYoung Digital Poland...
Multimedialny Świat Jana Brzechwy1997WindowsYoung Digital Poland...
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.96
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.72
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Eraser: Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.38
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 International...
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc....
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Selected Covers

Pyst (Special Edition) Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst (Special Edition)
Obsidian Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Obsidian
Area D Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Area D

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Pyst (Special Edition)
Game start
Screenshot from Obsidian
Title screen
Screenshot from Beyond Time
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