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
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc.4.57
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
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Selected Covers

Star Trek: Borg Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Star Trek: Borg
Krazy Ivan Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Krazy Ivan
Gloriana DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Gloriana

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Star Trek: Borg
Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan
Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 3
"Gloriana" Main Menu
Screenshot from Gloriana