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
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.1.80
Hiyake no Omoide + Himekuri: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.11995SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.35
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.76
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.47
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.86
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.31
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.84
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
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 Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.46
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria1995DOS, Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.49
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.03
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
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
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Selected Covers

animefreak FX: Vol. 2 PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Crusader: No Remorse DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Crusader: No Remorse
RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for RDF: Global Conflict
Stonekeep DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stonekeep

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 2
Main menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Remorse
Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Title
Screenshot from Stonekeep