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
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.84
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.70
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software2.67
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
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Selected Covers

Hardline Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Hardline
MAG!!! Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for MAG!!!

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Hardline
Title screen
Screenshot from MAG!!!