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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
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
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.84
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design3.86
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.86
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
Roundabout2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneNo Goblin LLC3.86
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.86
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
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company3.88
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie2010Macintosh, WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.89
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.91
Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.91
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
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Selected Covers

Phoenix 3 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Phoenix 3
Pyst (Special Edition) Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst (Special Edition)
Crusader: No Remorse DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Crusader: No Remorse

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Phoenix 3
Title screen
Screenshot from Pyst (Special Edition)
Main menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Remorse