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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Critical Path1993Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Vision, Inc.3.47
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.86
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.86
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
The Psychotron1994Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
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Selected Covers

Critical Path Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Critical Path
Quantum Gate Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Quantum Gate
Steel Harbinger PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Steel Harbinger
Outwars Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Outwars
Herod's Lost Tomb Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Herod's Lost Tomb

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Critical Path
Title animation
Screenshot from Quantum Gate
Main menu.
Screenshot from Outwars
Choose your character
Screenshot from Herod's Lost Tomb
Game lockout mechanism
Screenshot from Voyeur