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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc.3.50
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.4.44
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.60
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.76
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.02
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
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Selected Covers

Supreme Warrior SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Supreme Warrior
Man Enough DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Man Enough
The Horde DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Horde
Tomcat Alley SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Tomcat Alley

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Supreme Warrior
Intro
Screenshot from Man Enough
Title Screen and Main Menu
Screenshot from Diva X: Ariana
Title screen
Screenshot from The Horde