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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.84
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.49
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.87
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.54
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
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Selected Covers

Shockwave Assault SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Shockwave Assault
Maabus Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Maabus
Command & Conquer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Command & Conquer
Wirehead SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Wirehead
Mission Critical DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mission Critical

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Shockwave Assault
Title Screen and Main Menu
Screenshot from Diva X: Ariana
Start menu
Screenshot from Maabus
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Command & Conquer
Look, get my doctor on the phone and tell him that there's a WIRE in my HEAD.  That's right, a WIRE.
Screenshot from Wirehead