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".

  • 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
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc.4.57
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.80
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.43
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.31
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.04
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.96
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.72
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
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Selected Covers

Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tex Murphy: Overseer
Nuclear Strike Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Nuclear Strike
Realms of the Haunting DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Realms of the Haunting

Selected Screenshots

Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Tex Murphy: Overseer
Taste hot Apache death!
Screenshot from Nuclear Strike
Exploring the mansion.
Screenshot from Realms of the Haunting