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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.46
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Star Trek: Klingon1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSimon & Schuster Interactive4.11
Treasure Quest1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSirius Publishing, Inc.3.80
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 20001.75
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.68
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.83
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO3.86
Myst19933DO, Amiga, CD-i, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.37
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
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Selected Covers

Phoenix 3 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Phoenix 3
Help Fight Breast Cancer Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Help Fight Breast Cancer
Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Omega Boost

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Phoenix 3
Intro
Screenshot from Omega Boost