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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.87
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 20001.75
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc.2.71
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.47
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.86
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.3.05
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
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Selected Covers

Abaron DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Abaron
Psychic Detective DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psychic Detective
Connections Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Connections
Silent Steel Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Silent Steel
In the 1st Degree Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for In the 1st Degree

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
Title screen
Screenshot from Psychic Detective
Screenshot from Snow Job
Your goal is to collect items representing innovations throughout history and put them into a chain of connections
Screenshot from Connections
Title Screen
Screenshot from Silent Steel