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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.4.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.00
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.00
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive4.00
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.03
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.04
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.05
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.06
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd.4.07
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc.4.08
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios4.08
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.09
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.14
Judge Dredd1997PlayStation, PS VitaActivision, Inc.4.14
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment Corp.4.20
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
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Selected Covers

The Pandora Directive DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Pandora Directive
Star Trek: Klingon Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Star Trek: Klingon
Under a Killing Moon DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Under a Killing Moon

Selected Screenshots

Title screen from the intro
Screenshot from The Pandora Directive
Opening screen
Screenshot from Star Trek: Klingon
Title screen
Screenshot from Under a Killing Moon