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
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Castle Explorer1996Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia4.29
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.83
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
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Selected Covers

Voyeur II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Voyeur II
Star Trek: Borg Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Star Trek: Borg
Soviet Strike SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Soviet Strike

Selected Screenshots

Before the game can be started a code must be entered. It's printed in the manual and is probably the same for all DOS versions of the game
Screenshot from Voyeur II
Title screen
Screenshot from Star Trek: Borg
Title Screen
Screenshot from Soviet Strike