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
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.83
Mech Commander1998WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.86
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.44
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.68
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.2.57
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Tender Loving Care1998iPad, iPhone, WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.29
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.58
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
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Selected Covers

The X-Files Game Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The X-Files Game
Another Mind PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Another Mind
Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Omega Boost

Selected Screenshots

Mulder and Special Agent Willmore
Screenshot from The X-Files Game
Screenshot from Omega Boost
The game starts with stirring music and grainy shots of conflict taking place around the world.
Screenshot from Global Domination
Main Menu
Screenshot from Dark Side of the Moon