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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".

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
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGTE Entertainment3.74
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.83
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.53
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.54
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.4.20
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.3.05
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
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Selected Covers

Crusader: No Remorse DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Crusader: No Remorse
Ripper DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ripper
Resident Evil Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Resident Evil
Krazy Ivan Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Krazy Ivan

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Remorse
John Rhys-Davies (Actor)
Screenshot from Ripper
Title Screen
Screenshot from Resident Evil
Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan