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
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy 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....
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
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....
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Metalizer1998DOS, WindowsGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
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Selected Covers

Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Johnny Mnemonic
Midnight Raiders SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Midnight Raiders
The Unsolved PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for The Unsolved
LocoCycle Windows Front Cover
Front cover for LocoCycle

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic
Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
The police is arriving at the crime scene.
Screenshot from The Unsolved
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
Opening movie showing the female victim, still alive, washed ashore.
Screenshot from WanChai Connection