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
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.33
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.54
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.49
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.56
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....
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO...
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.91
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc....
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Hiyake no Omoide + Himekuri: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.11995SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Zhadnost: The People's Party19953DOStudio 3DO...
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc....
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc....
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.47
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.84
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International...
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.76
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Selected Covers

Phoenix 3 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Phoenix 3
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Shinobi Legions
Immercenary 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Immercenary
The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for The Daedalus Encounter

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Phoenix 3
Introduction - The Moon
Screenshot from Shinobi Legions
Intro movie. She's probably glad the 3DO cost $600.
Screenshot from Immercenary
Main menu
Screenshot from The Daedalus Encounter
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