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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.3.05
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.54
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International...
Snow Job19953DOStudio 3DO...
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.35
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.76
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.47
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.86
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.33
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.84
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd....
Anime Freak FX: Vol.11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Psychic Detective DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psychic Detective
The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for The Daedalus Encounter
Command & Conquer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Command & Conquer

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Psychic Detective
Main menu
Screenshot from The Daedalus Encounter
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Command & Conquer
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