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
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Mr. Bones1996SEGA SaturnSegaSoft, Inc.3.41
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.95
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.00
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.32
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh1996DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.35
The Last Dynasty1995Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.71
Rama1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
Urban Runner1996Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.16
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Who's the Daddy?2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Who's the Daddy? 22012Xbox 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 Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
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Selected Covers

Wirehead SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Wirehead
Who's the Daddy? 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Who's the Daddy? 2
Urban Runner Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Urban Runner
Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Mr. Bones
Tomcat Alley SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Tomcat Alley

Selected Screenshots

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
Main menu (Trial version)
Screenshot from Who's the Daddy? 2
Intro-Sauna (crime scene)
Screenshot from Urban Runner
The title screen.
Screenshot from Mr. Bones
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