Visual technique / style: Live-action cutscenes
Group DescriptionThe 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".
Front cover for Mad Dog McCree
Front cover for Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold
Front cover for Sewer Shark
Front cover for Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
Front cover for It Came from the Desert
Screenshot from Mad Dog McCree
Screenshot from Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold
Screenshot from Sewer Shark
Screenshot from Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
Screenshot from It Came from the Desert