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
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.37
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.44
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.60
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.00
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.3.50
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
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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
Off-World Interceptor 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Off-World Interceptor
ranTrainer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for ranTrainer

Selected Screenshots

Opening movie showing the female victim, still alive, washed ashore.
Screenshot from WanChai Connection
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
Title screen
Screenshot from Off-World Interceptor