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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc....
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd....
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C....
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc....
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc....
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
Multimedialny Świat Jana Brzechwy1997WindowsYoung Digital Poland...
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.30
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd....
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.78
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Selected Covers

Synnergist DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Synnergist
Byzantine: The Betrayal Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Byzantine: The Betrayal
The Cassandra Galleries Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for The Cassandra Galleries

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from Synnergist
Title screen
Screenshot from Byzantine: The Betrayal
The Gallery
Screenshot from The Cassandra Galleries
Mousey hair and glasses, a grerat way to disguise any playmate as she starts her adventure
Screenshot from Riana Rouge
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