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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.83
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
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Selected Covers

L'affaire Morlov DOS Front Cover
Front cover for L'affaire Morlov
Ripper DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ripper
Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Mr. Bones
Jungle Book Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Book

Selected Screenshots

Place du Tertre
Screenshot from L'affaire Morlov
John Rhys-Davies (Actor)
Screenshot from Ripper
The title screen.
Screenshot from Mr. Bones