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
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.58
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.59
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku2005PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsEidos, Inc....
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
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
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.68
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.68
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.70
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.70
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure2014Macintosh, WindowsAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.71
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.71
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.72
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.73
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Selected Covers

Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Ground Zero Texas
Obsidian Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Obsidian
Myst Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Myst
Soviet Strike SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Soviet Strike

Selected Screenshots

Game title during the animation
Screenshot from Ground Zero Texas
Game start
Screenshot from Obsidian
Title screen
Screenshot from Myst
Title Screen
Screenshot from Soviet Strike
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