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
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA...
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREWEA Mobile...
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA...
Cibele2015Macintosh, WindowsStar Maid Games...
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Wheel of Fortune1994SEGA CD, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Eraser: Turnabout1997WindowsWarner Bros....
Chess Wars: A Medieval Fantasy1996DOSWizardWorks Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Another Mind1998PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
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Selected Covers

Vet Emergency Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency
Midnight Raiders SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Midnight Raiders
C.I.T.Y. 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for C.I.T.Y. 2000
Another Mind PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Another Mind

Selected Screenshots

Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
Title screen
Screenshot from C.I.T.Y. 2000
Game introduction
Screenshot from Ghostly Desires
Title
Screenshot from RDF: Global Conflict
Choose your character
Screenshot from Herod's Lost Tomb
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