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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.3.75
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.76
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Her Story2015Macintosh, Windows3.78
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.79
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.79
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.80
Fate by Numbers2007Windows3.80
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.81
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising2009WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
Casebook: Episode 0 - The Missing Urn2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.82
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
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Selected Covers

KGB DOS Front Cover
Front cover for KGB
Her Story Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Her Story
MechCommander 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for MechCommander 2

Selected Screenshots

Main Title
Screenshot from KGB
Main title
Screenshot from Her Story
Main menu
Screenshot from MechCommander 2