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
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.78
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.32
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.95
Quantum Gate1993Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios1.88
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, DVD Player, Macintosh, SEGA CDInfinite Ventures, Inc.3.66
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
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.3.22
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....
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.59
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsRiverhill Soft Inc.4.44
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Selected Covers

Under a Killing Moon DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Under a Killing Moon
Midnight Raiders SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Midnight Raiders
Road Rash Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Road Rash
Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Ground Zero Texas

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Under a Killing Moon
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
Title screen
Screenshot from Road Rash
Game title during the animation
Screenshot from Ground Zero Texas