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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
MegaRace19933DO, DOS, SEGA CDMindscape, Inc.3.67
Wheel of Fortune1994SEGA CD, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Ground Zero Texas1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.61
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
The X-Files Game1998Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.82
Krazy Ivan1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.83
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America LLC4.20
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
Temüjin1997WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.10
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Cibele2015Macintosh, WindowsStar Maid Games...
Snow Job19953DOStudio 3DO...
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO...
Zhadnost: The People's Party19953DOStudio 3DO...
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....
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company...
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd....
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.84
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Selected Covers

The X-Files Game Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The X-Files Game
Combat Queen PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Combat Queen
Krazy Ivan Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Krazy Ivan

Selected Screenshots

Mulder and Special Agent Willmore
Screenshot from The X-Files Game
Krazy Ivan (from Intro)
Screenshot from Krazy Ivan
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