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
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft...
Wheel of Fortune1994SEGA CD, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Noctropolis1994DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.79
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp....
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc....
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc....
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.37
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc....
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive...
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.99
Space Marines: Der stählerne Kaiser1995DOSSoftware 2000...
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
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Selected Covers

Noctropolis DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Noctropolis
MTV: Club Dead DOS Front Cover
Front cover for MTV: Club Dead
Clue CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Clue
Supreme Warrior SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Supreme Warrior

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Noctropolis
Copyright notice
Screenshot from MTV: Club Dead
Intro
Screenshot from Clue
Title Screen
Screenshot from Supreme Warrior
Intro
Screenshot from Shockwave Assault
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