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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.70
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia4.29
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.84
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
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Selected Covers

Pyst Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst
Synnergist DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Synnergist
Soviet Strike SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Soviet Strike
Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Mr. Bones
Treasure Quest Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Treasure Quest

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Pyst
Screenshot from Synnergist
Title Screen
Screenshot from Soviet Strike
The title screen.
Screenshot from Mr. Bones
The game's title screen. There are no game options that are accessed via the menu bar.
Screenshot from Castle Explorer