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
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software2.88
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire1995DOS, Pippin, Windows 3.xBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.99
Snow Job19953DOStudio 3DO...
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.00
Fahrenheit1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp....
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc....
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.79
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.37
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH...
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
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Selected Covers

Man Enough DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Man Enough
Kids on Site DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Kids on Site

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from Man Enough
Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site
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