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
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.44
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc....
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc....
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd....
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C....
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc....
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.06
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Soviet Strike SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Soviet Strike
Urban Runner Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Urban Runner
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Noir: A Shadowy Thriller
The Pandora Directive DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Pandora Directive
Pyst Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Soviet Strike
Intro-Sauna (crime scene)
Screenshot from Urban Runner
Jack Slayton's Office
Screenshot from Noir: A Shadowy Thriller
Title screen from the intro
Screenshot from The Pandora Directive
Title Screen
Screenshot from Pyst
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