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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLooking Glass Technologies, Inc.3.98
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.99
Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition)1997DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd....
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG...
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive...
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd...
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U....
Toonstruck1996DOSVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.4.00
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.00
Top Gun: Fire at Will!1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsMacSoft4.02
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.03
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc....
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.06
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd....
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.07
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios...
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III1993DOSICOM Simulations, Inc....
Riven: The Sequel to Myst1997iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.09
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Game Studios4.14
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Selected Covers

Myst Trilogy Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst Trilogy
Combat Queen PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Combat Queen

Selected Screenshots

Configuration screen
Screenshot from The Pandora Directive
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