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
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.96
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.30
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.47
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd....
Gothos1997Macintosh, WindowsMicroforum International...
Eraser: Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.05
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd....
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc....
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaActivision, Inc....
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
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Selected Covers

Tom Clancy's Politika Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tom Clancy's Politika
Realms of the Haunting DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Realms of the Haunting
The Unsolved PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for The Unsolved
Byzantine: The Betrayal Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Byzantine: The Betrayal

Selected Screenshots

Exploring the mansion.
Screenshot from Realms of the Haunting
The police is arriving at the crime scene.
Screenshot from The Unsolved
Title screen
Screenshot from Byzantine: The Betrayal
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