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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.77
Los Justicieros1993Arcade, DOSDinamic Multimedia, S.A....
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.78
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.37
The 7th Guest1993CD-i, DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.73
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.95
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc....
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.37
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.59
The Psychotron1994Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
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
Wheel of Fortune1994SEGA CD, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc....
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive...
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc....
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
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Selected Covers

The Psychotron Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for The Psychotron
Shock Wave 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Shock Wave
The 7th Guest DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The 7th Guest

Selected Screenshots

The alien armada arrives.
Screenshot from Shock Wave
Intro
Screenshot from Wheel of Fortune
Title Screen
Screenshot from The 7th Guest
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