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
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd....
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.70
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.06
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.72
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd....
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.96
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Eraser: Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
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Selected Covers

Jungle Book Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Book
Beyond Time Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Beyond Time

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Beyond Time
Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan
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