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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.80
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.84
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Selected Covers

Triple Play 97 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Triple Play 97
MAG!!! Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for MAG!!!
L'affaire Morlov DOS Front Cover
Front cover for L'affaire Morlov

Selected Screenshots

This is a licensed game, I get it.
Screenshot from Triple Play 97
Title screen
Screenshot from MAG!!!
Place du Tertre
Screenshot from L'affaire Morlov