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
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.84
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.91
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia4.48
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.84
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc.4.57
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnMindscape, Inc.3.50
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
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Selected Covers

Krazy Ivan Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Krazy Ivan
MegaRace 2 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MegaRace 2
Treasure Quest Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Treasure Quest
Top Gun: Fire at Will! DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Top Gun: Fire at Will!

Selected Screenshots

Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan
MeagRace 2 logo
Screenshot from MegaRace 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Top Gun: Fire at Will!
Title Screen
Screenshot from Soviet Strike