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
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc.4.57
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd.2.58
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.83
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.80
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
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
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
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Selected Covers

The 11th Hour DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The 11th Hour
Command & Conquer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Command & Conquer
Triple Play 97 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Triple Play 97
Rama DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Rama

Selected Screenshots

The main menu
Screenshot from The 11th Hour
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Command & Conquer
This is a licensed game, I get it.
Screenshot from Triple Play 97
Title screen
Screenshot from Rama