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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
Casebook: Episode 0 - The Missing Urn2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.82
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.82
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.84
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
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
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.84
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.84
Spycraft: The Great Game1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.84
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.86
Roundabout2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneNo Goblin LLC3.86
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design3.86
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.86
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.87
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company3.88
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie2010Macintosh, WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.89
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Selected Covers

Crusader: No Remorse DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Crusader: No Remorse
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance Windows Front Cover
Front cover for MechWarrior 4: Vengeance
KGB DOS Front Cover
Front cover for KGB

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Remorse
two badly damaged Shadowcats
Screenshot from MechWarrior 4: Vengeance
Main Title
Screenshot from KGB