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
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.3.75
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.31
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
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.3.98
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.3.21
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
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Selected Covers

Judge Dredd PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Judge Dredd
Realms of the Haunting DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Realms of the Haunting
Beyond Time Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Beyond Time

Selected Screenshots

Exploring the mansion.
Screenshot from Realms of the Haunting
Title screen
Screenshot from Beyond Time
John Rhys-Davies (Actor)
Screenshot from Ripper