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
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc....
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
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
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc....
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd....
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
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
Body Special 264: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.21996SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
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Selected Covers

Triple Play 97 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Triple Play 97
Urban Runner Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Urban Runner
Pyst Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst

Selected Screenshots

This is a licensed game, I get it.
Screenshot from Triple Play 97
Intro-Sauna (crime scene)
Screenshot from Urban Runner
Title Screen
Screenshot from Pyst
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