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
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
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
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
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Selected Covers

Voyeur DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Voyeur
Herod's Lost Tomb Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Herod's Lost Tomb
Critical Path Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Critical Path
Steel Harbinger PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Steel Harbinger

Selected Screenshots

Game lockout mechanism
Screenshot from Voyeur
Choose your character
Screenshot from Herod's Lost Tomb
Title screen
Screenshot from Critical Path
two badly damaged Shadowcats
Screenshot from MechWarrior 4: Vengeance