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
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Eraser Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
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Selected Covers

Another Mind PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Another Mind
Herod's Lost Tomb Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Herod's Lost Tomb
Who is Oscar Lake? Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Who is Oscar Lake?
Midnight Raiders SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Midnight Raiders
ranTrainer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for ranTrainer

Selected Screenshots

Choose your character
Screenshot from Herod's Lost Tomb
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic
Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site