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
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.72
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.83
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Voyeur II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Voyeur II
Krazy Ivan Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Krazy Ivan
Treasure Quest Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Treasure Quest
Resident Evil Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Resident Evil
Synnergist DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Synnergist

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
Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan
Title Screen
Screenshot from Resident Evil
Intro
Screenshot from Synnergist
Your character even has magial abilities.
Screenshot from Hardline