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
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp.5.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Ripper1996DOS, MacintoshTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.58
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Prize Fighter1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.62
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
Morpheus1998Macintosh, WindowsTiburon Interactive Publishing3.70
L'affaire Morlov1996CD-i, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xTitus France SA3.47
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.68
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.40
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.42
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Michael Ninn's Latex: The Game1996Macintosh, Windows 3.xVCA Interactive3.53
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
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Selected Covers

Ripper DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ripper
MTV: Club Dead DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MTV: Club Dead
Morpheus Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Morpheus

Selected Screenshots

John Rhys-Davies (Actor)
Screenshot from Ripper
Copyright notice
Screenshot from MTV: Club Dead
So the Herculania does exist...
Screenshot from Morpheus