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
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software...
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
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.76
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.91
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd....
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia...
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.70
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.44
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C....
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America LLC3.84
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Resident Evil PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Resident Evil
Urban Runner Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Urban Runner
L'affaire Morlov DOS Front Cover
Front cover for L'affaire Morlov

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Resident Evil
Intro-Sauna (crime scene)
Screenshot from Urban Runner
Place du Tertre
Screenshot from L'affaire Morlov
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