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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc....
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.59
The Psychotron1994Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Wheel of Fortune1994SEGA CD, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive...
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc....
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.37
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive...
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc....
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios...
Noctropolis1994DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software...
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsRiverhill Soft Inc.4.44
Under a Killing Moon1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.4.03
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Selected Covers

Tomcat Alley SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Tomcat Alley
Shock Wave 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Shock Wave
Noctropolis DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Noctropolis

Selected Screenshots

FMV title screen
Screenshot from Tomcat Alley
The alien armada arrives.
Screenshot from Shock Wave
Title screen
Screenshot from Noctropolis
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