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
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.71
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 2000...
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc....
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.00
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive...
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
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....
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Wheel of Fortune1994SEGA CD, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
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Selected Covers

Man Enough DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Man Enough
Connections Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Connections
The 11th Hour DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The 11th Hour
ranTrainer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for ranTrainer
Crusader: No Remorse DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Crusader: No Remorse

Selected Screenshots

Intro
Screenshot from Man Enough
Your goal is to collect items representing innovations throughout history and put them into a chain of connections
Screenshot from Connections
The main menu
Screenshot from The 11th Hour
Main menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Remorse
Intro
Screenshot from Wheel of Fortune
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