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
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.79
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls1997Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.52
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 Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
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...
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
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.3.36
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
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Selected Covers

Ghostly Desires Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Ghostly Desires
The X-Files Game Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The X-Files Game
Krazy Ivan Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Krazy Ivan
Dark Side of the Moon Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Dark Side of the Moon
Combat Queen PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Combat Queen

Selected Screenshots

Game introduction
Screenshot from Ghostly Desires
Mulder and Special Agent Willmore
Screenshot from The X-Files Game
Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan
Main Menu
Screenshot from Dark Side of the Moon