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 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.3.89
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.71
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.50
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Selected Covers

Zorro DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Zorro
animefreak FX: Vol. 2 PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Shockwave Assault SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Shockwave Assault

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Zorro
Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Intro
Screenshot from Shockwave Assault
Start menu
Screenshot from Maabus