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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective1991CDTV, DOS, DVD Player, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISInfinite Ventures, Inc.4.21
Her Story2015iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows4.21
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.23
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 GmbH...
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.40
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA...
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsRiverhill Soft Inc.4.44
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc....
Castle Explorer1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDK Multimedia...
Lords of the Rising Sun1989Amiga, CD-i, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDCinemaware Corporation4.48
Jungle Book1996Windows, Windows 3.xIBM...
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time - 10th Anniversary Edition for Mac OS X2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc....
Snow Job19953DO3DO Company, The...
Bill Nye The Science Guy: Stop The Rock!1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xPacific Interactive, Inc....
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc....
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.86
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREWEA Mobile...
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA...
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp....
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software...
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Selected Covers

Myst Complete (I-V) Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Myst Complete (I-V)
Castle Explorer Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Castle Explorer
The Last Bounty Hunter DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Last Bounty Hunter

Selected Screenshots

The game's title screen. There are no game options that are accessed via the menu bar.
Screenshot from Castle Explorer
American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from The Last Bounty Hunter
Intro movie. She's probably glad the 3DO cost $600.
Screenshot from Immercenary
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