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
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.49
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 20001.75
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.84
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.50
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.91
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc.2.71
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.76
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.44
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Selected Covers

The Dame Was Loaded DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Dame Was Loaded
Blown Away Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Blown Away

Selected Screenshots

Anger's client, Carol Klein.
Screenshot from The Dame Was Loaded
Title screen
Screenshot from Blown Away