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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.62
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, DVD Player, Macintosh, SEGA CDInfinite Ventures, Inc.3.66
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.68
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.68
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.68
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.68
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.72
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.3.75
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Selected Covers

Star Trek: Borg Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Star Trek: Borg
Dracula Unleashed DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dracula Unleashed
Morpheus Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Morpheus
Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Ground Zero Texas

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Star Trek: Borg
Publisher screen
Screenshot from Dracula Unleashed
Main Menu.
Screenshot from Video Strip Poker
So the Herculania does exist...
Screenshot from Morpheus