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
McKenzie & Co.: More Friends1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
C.I.T.Y. 20001993DOSAditus Inc....
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Gundam 0079: The War for Earth1997Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsBandai Digital Entertainment Corp....
Wing Nuts: Battle in the Sky1997DOSBMG Interactive Entertainment...
Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground1997DOS, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc....
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Metalizer1998DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Need for Speed2015PlayStation 4, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc....
Who is Oscar Lake?1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xLanguage Publications Interactive, Inc....
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
ranTrainer 21996DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
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Selected Covers

Midnight Raiders SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Midnight Raiders
All Star Strip Poker Windows Front Cover
Front cover for All Star Strip Poker
Mirage Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Mirage

Selected Screenshots

Opening video
Screenshot from Midnight Raiders
Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic
Title screen
Screenshot from C.I.T.Y. 2000