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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.37
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.31
Casebook Trilogy: Special Edition2010WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.00
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc.4.47
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie2010Macintosh, WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.89
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.90
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.84
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
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Selected Covers

Vet Emergency Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency
Emergency Room: Code Red Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Emergency Room: Code Red
Mission Critical DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mission Critical

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Mission Critical
Logging into Legacy Memorial hospital.
Screenshot from Code Blue