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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
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.3.66
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.3.98
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.3.37
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Selected Covers

Area D Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Area D
Jungle Strike Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Jungle Strike

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Jungle Strike
"Gloriana" Main Menu
Screenshot from Gloriana
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from In the 1st Degree