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
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
Tomcat Alley1994SEGA CD, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.58
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.37
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software...
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH...
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive...
WanChai Connection1994SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.79
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios...
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Iron Angel of the Apocalypse19943DOSynergy Interactive Corp....
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
MTV: Club Dead1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media2.67
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues19943DO, LaserActive, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsRiverhill Soft Inc.4.44
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc....
Rampo1995SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd....
RDF: Global Conflict1995SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc....
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
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Selected Covers

Kids on Site DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Kids on Site
Rampo SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Rampo

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site
Edogawa Rampo's famous quote
Screenshot from Rampo
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