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
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
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.79
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.79
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Fate by Numbers2007Windows3.80
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, 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
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.82
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.83
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.83
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Selected Covers

The Horde DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Horde
Disruptor PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Disruptor

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from The Horde
Title screen
Screenshot from Disruptor