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
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.99
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software...
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
Voyeur1993CD-i, DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.06
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.79
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive...
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 International...
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International...
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios...
Quantum Break2016Windows Apps, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.86
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
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Selected Covers

LocoCycle Windows Front Cover
Front cover for LocoCycle
Quantum Break Xbox One Front Cover
Front cover for Quantum Break
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM
Ghosts Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Ghosts
Ms. Splosion Man Xbox 360 Front Cover first version
Front cover for Ms. Splosion Man

Selected Screenshots

Intro - Growing city
Screenshot from SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM
Title screen
Screenshot from Ghosts
New game
Screenshot from Ms. Splosion Man
Title screen
Screenshot from Top Gun: Fire at Will!
Main menu
Screenshot from MechCommander 2
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