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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.91
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH5.00
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.00
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.72
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure2014Macintosh, WindowsAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.40
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Star Trek: Borg1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive3.73
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.4.20
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Casebook: Episode I - Kidnapped2008WindowsMumboJumbo, LLC3.48
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.78
Jungle Strike1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNESBlack Pearl Software3.79
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.84
Realms of the Haunting1997DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.96
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.47
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
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Selected Covers

The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for The Daedalus Encounter
Area D Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Area D

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from The Daedalus Encounter
Exploring the mansion.
Screenshot from Realms of the Haunting