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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Bridge Deluxe 2 With Omar Sharif1996DOS, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc....
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International...
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.47
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc....
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
JetFighter: Full Burn1998DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp....
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive...
Synnergist1996DOS21st Century Entertainment Ltd....
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames...
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
FIREWALL: Man vs. Machine19963DO, DOSWizardWorks Software...
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc....
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Blue Heat1997Windows, Windows 3.xOrion Interactive2.76
Riana Rouge1997Macintosh, WindowsBlack Dragon Publishing, Inc.2.78
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.82
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero1997Nintendo 64, PlayStationMidway2.82
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.84
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Selected Covers

Double Switch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Double Switch
Blue Heat Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Blue Heat
Maabus Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Maabus
Synnergist DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Synnergist
Riana Rouge Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Riana Rouge

Selected Screenshots

Developer Screen
Screenshot from Double Switch
The beginning of your week of undercover work
Screenshot from Blue Heat
Start menu
Screenshot from Maabus
Intro
Screenshot from Synnergist
Mousey hair and glasses, a grerat way to disguise any playmate as she starts her adventure
Screenshot from Riana Rouge
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