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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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.79
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A.3.36
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.26
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, DVD Player, Macintosh, SEGA CDInfinite Ventures, Inc.3.66
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.51
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.3.46
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.06
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.75
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.79
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.37
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.03
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.59
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.44
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
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Selected Covers

Under a Killing Moon DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Under a Killing Moon
Jungle Strike Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Strike
WanChai Connection SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for WanChai Connection
Shock Wave 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Shock Wave

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Under a Killing Moon
Title Screen
Screenshot from Jungle Strike
Opening movie showing the female victim, still alive, washed ashore.
Screenshot from WanChai Connection
Dinamic Multimedia presents... "Los Justicieros"
Screenshot from Los Justicieros