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
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.70
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.83
MegaRace 21996DOSMindscape, Inc.3.49
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc....
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software...
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.91
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America LLC3.84
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Steel Harbinger1996PlayStationMindscape, Inc....
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.44
Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.21
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
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Selected Covers

Soviet Strike SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Soviet Strike
Urban Runner Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Urban Runner

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Soviet Strike
Intro-Sauna (crime scene)
Screenshot from Urban Runner
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