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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.92
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software...
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
Tom Clancy's Politika1997Macintosh, WindowsRed Storm Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.07
Alan Wake (Collector's Edition)2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH...
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsRiverhill Soft Inc.4.44
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
Rhem IV: The Golden Fragments - SE2016Macintosh, WindowsRunesoft GmbH...
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M...
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M...
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M...
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.86
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.76
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
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Selected Covers

WanChai Connection SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for WanChai Connection
Midnight Raiders SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Midnight Raiders

Selected Screenshots

Opening movie showing the female victim, still alive, washed ashore.
Screenshot from WanChai Connection
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
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