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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH5.00
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Bad Mojo1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.84
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc.4.57
Black Dahlia1998WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.85
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.2.40
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku2005PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsEidos, Inc.3.60
Casebook: Episode 0 - The Missing Urn2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.82
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.91
Casebook: Episode I - Kidnapped2008WindowsMumboJumbo, LLC3.48
Casebook Trilogy: Special Edition2010WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.00
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia4.29
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
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Selected Covers

Beyond Time Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Beyond Time
The Cassandra Galleries Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for The Cassandra Galleries

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Beyond Time
The Gallery
Screenshot from The Cassandra Galleries