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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.70
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.49
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc....
Pyst1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc....
Pyst (Special Edition)1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPalladium Interactive, Inc.3.86
Golden Gate1997Macintosh, WindowsPanasonic Interactive Media3.43
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.56
Lords of the Rising Sun1989Amiga, CD-i, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDCinemaware Corporation4.48
Voyeur II1996DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.2.39
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A....
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time - 10th Anniversary Edition for Mac OS X2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc....
Psycho Killer1992CDTV, DOSOn-Line PLC...
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios...
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.47
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited...
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.84
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Selected Covers

Abaron DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Abaron
Burn:Cycle Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Burn:Cycle
Pyst (Special Edition) Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Pyst (Special Edition)
Blue Heat Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Blue Heat

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
Title screen
Screenshot from Burn:Cycle
Dinamic Multimedia presents... "Los Justicieros"
Screenshot from Los Justicieros
Title screen
Screenshot from Pyst (Special Edition)
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