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
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Zork: Grand Inquisitor1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.75
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.30
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II1997WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.89
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.46
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.86
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+1.90
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.70
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp....
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited...
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.82
Metalizer1998DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Anime Freak FX: Vol.61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America LLC4.20
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.77
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Selected Covers

Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Omega Boost
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Black Dahlia Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Black Dahlia
Temüjin Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Temüjin

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Omega Boost
Title screen
Screenshot from Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Jim Pearson, rookie detective
Screenshot from Black Dahlia
Main Title
Screenshot from Temüjin
Title screen
Screenshot from Byzantine: The Betrayal
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