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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International...
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.52
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....
Jimmy White's Cueball World2001WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe) 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....
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
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
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Selected Covers

Prize Fighter SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Prize Fighter
Enter the Matrix Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Enter the Matrix
Synnergist DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Synnergist
Shockwave Assault SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Shockwave Assault
MTV: Club Dead DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MTV: Club Dead

Selected Screenshots

FMV title screen
Screenshot from Prize Fighter
Hack the matrix to get bonuses....
Screenshot from Enter the Matrix
Screenshot from Synnergist
Screenshot from Shockwave Assault
Copyright notice
Screenshot from MTV: Club Dead
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