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
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
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
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.44
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc....
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.42
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd....
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C....
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc....
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.84
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
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Selected Covers

Pyst Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst
Soviet Strike SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Soviet Strike
Triple Play 97 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Triple Play 97

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Pyst
Title Screen
Screenshot from Soviet Strike
This is a licensed game, I get it.
Screenshot from Triple Play 97
A Murderer befriends Jack
Screenshot from Fox Hunt
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