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".

  • 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
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
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...
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International2.33
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.86
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.86
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
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Selected Covers

MegaRace 2 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MegaRace 2
Top Gun: Fire at Will! DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Top Gun: Fire at Will!
Mech Commander Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Mech Commander
Gothos Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Gothos
MechCommander 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for MechCommander 2

Selected Screenshots

MeagRace 2 logo
Screenshot from MegaRace 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Top Gun: Fire at Will!
Briefing/Deployment Screen
Screenshot from Mech Commander
Menu screen.
Screenshot from Gothos
Main menu
Screenshot from MechCommander 2