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
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia...
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America LLC3.84
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc....
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Harvester1996DOS, Linux, WindowsMerit Studios, Inc.3.63
Body Special 264: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.21996SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.84
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.35
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 2000...
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.3.05
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.86
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.71
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd....
Anime Freak FX: Vol.11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Anime Freak FX: Vol.21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
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Selected Covers

RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict
Castle Explorer Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Castle Explorer
EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EarthSiege 2
Abaron DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Abaron

Selected Screenshots

Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
The game's title screen. There are no game options that are accessed via the menu bar.
Screenshot from Castle Explorer
Badly Damaged - internal view
Screenshot from EarthSiege 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
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