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
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPad, Macintosh, WindowsReverb Triple XP...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Web Mystery: Yochimu wo Miru Neko1999DreamcastMebius...
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
The Unsolved1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Japan), Inc....
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Hiyake no Omoide + Himekuri: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.11995SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Casualty: First Day2015BrowserBBC...
Who's the Daddy?2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Who's the Daddy? 22012Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Guitar Hero Live2015iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, tvOS, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox OneActivision Publishing, Inc....
Need for Speed2015PlayStation 4, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc....
Body Special 264: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.21996SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Rhem IV: The Golden Fragments - SE2016Macintosh, WindowsRunesoft GmbH...
Multimedialny Świat Juliana Tuwima1997WindowsYoung Digital Poland...
Video Strip Poker Supreme2006WindowsTorquemada Games...
Multimedialny Świat Jana Brzechwy1997WindowsYoung Digital Poland...
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
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Selected Covers

WanChai Connection SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for WanChai Connection
Ø Story PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Ø Story
Need for Speed Xbox One Front Cover
Front cover for Need for Speed

Selected Screenshots

Opening movie showing the female victim, still alive, washed ashore.
Screenshot from WanChai Connection
Main menu.
Screenshot from Ø Story
Edogawa Rampo's famous quote
Screenshot from Rampo
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