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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.78
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy1997DOSMelbourne House3.31
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+1.90
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.86
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.82
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.70
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited...
Anime Freak FX: Vol.61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.46
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp....
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Metalizer1998DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America LLC4.20
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.58
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
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Selected Covers

Vikings Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vikings
Global Domination Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Global Domination
Tender Loving Care Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tender Loving Care
Outwars Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Outwars

Selected Screenshots

The Game Starts in Leif Haraldsson's Home
Screenshot from Vikings
The game starts with stirring music and grainy shots of conflict taking place around the world.
Screenshot from Global Domination
The opening title (DVD version)
Screenshot from Tender Loving Care
Main menu.
Screenshot from Outwars
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