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).

Viewing Page 8 of 15 (items 176-200 of 356) Previous | Next
Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.42
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.84
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.44
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny1997DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.72
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Goto Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

Selected Covers

Urban Runner Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Urban Runner
Blue Heat Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Blue Heat
Obsidian Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Obsidian

Selected Screenshots

Intro-Sauna (crime scene)
Screenshot from Urban Runner
The beginning of your week of undercover work
Screenshot from Blue Heat
Game start
Screenshot from Obsidian
Game group created by Terok Nor (21823), additional games added to group by Cantillon (13784), Arejarn (1464), Rola (7752), Patrick Bregger (151087), POMAH (36913), piltdown_man (104860), Lain Crowley (5420), Tien Thuy Le Nguyen (2123), ChakalMaster (44), Timo Takalo (54), KatieCadet2012 (1858), Evolyzer (1713), Sciere (358002), Daedolon (3268), Kohler 86 (7293), Alaka (37235), Kabushi (153766), Scaryfun (13296), Parf (7312), Cor 13 (174145), vedder (20584), MAT (117425), PolloDiablo (16610), o0pyromancer0o (193), 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (58394) and Jeanne (75483)