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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
It Came from the Desert1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.42
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.73
Tex Murphy: Overseer1997WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.94
Martian Memorandum1991DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.77
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.05
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.03
Roundabout2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneNo Goblin LLC3.86
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.80
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.09
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.91
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company3.88
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.70
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.49
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc.4.57
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.42
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Selected Covers

animefreak FX: Vol. 2 PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for animefreak FX: Vol. 2
The Pandora Directive DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Pandora Directive
Blue Heat Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Blue Heat
The 7th Guest DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The 7th Guest

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Title screen from the intro
Screenshot from The Pandora Directive
The beginning of your week of undercover work
Screenshot from Blue Heat
Title Screen
Screenshot from The 7th Guest