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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,0001997WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.59
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.30
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd....
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc....
Judge Dredd1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaActivision, Inc....
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International...
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
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Selected Covers

A Fork in the Tale Windows Front Cover
Front cover for A Fork in the Tale
Akte Europa Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Akte Europa
Pyst (Special Edition) Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst (Special Edition)

Selected Screenshots

Main menu. AI playing with himself on the background.
Screenshot from Akte Europa
Title screen
Screenshot from Pyst (Special Edition)
Main Title
Screenshot from Temüjin
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