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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".

  • 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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective1991CDTV, DOS, DVD Player, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISInfinite Ventures, Inc.4.21
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.23
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia4.29
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.37
Alan Wake (Collector's Edition)2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH4.38
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.40
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.42
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.44
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc.4.47
Lords of the Rising Sun1989Amiga, CD-i, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDCinemaware Corporation4.48
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM4.50
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The4.50
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time - 10th Anniversary Edition for Mac OS X2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc.4.57
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.86
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH5.00
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
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Selected Covers

Castle Explorer Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Castle Explorer
Lords of the Rising Sun Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Lords of the Rising Sun

Selected Screenshots

The game's title screen. There are no game options that are accessed via the menu bar.
Screenshot from Castle Explorer
Title screen.
Screenshot from Lords of the Rising Sun