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
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.76
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 2000...
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.35
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive...
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.37
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc....
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Wheel of Fortune1994SEGA CD, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive...
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
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Selected Covers

Burn:Cycle Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Burn:Cycle
Wirehead SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Wirehead
WanChai Connection SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for WanChai Connection

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Burn:Cycle
Look, get my doctor on the phone and tell him that there's a WIRE in my HEAD.  That's right, a WIRE.
Screenshot from Wirehead
Opening movie showing the female victim, still alive, washed ashore.
Screenshot from WanChai Connection
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