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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".

  • 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
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc.4.57
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.80
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.44
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.84
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.05
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
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Selected Covers

Krazy Ivan Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Krazy Ivan

Selected Screenshots

Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan