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
ranTrainer1994Amiga, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH...
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Burn:Cycle1994CD-i, Macintosh, Windows 3.xPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.73
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Inspektor Zebok: Das Erbe1994DOS, Windows 3.xbhv Verlags GmbH1.28
The Psychotron1994Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xMerit Software1.00
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Ultraverse Prime / Microcosm1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft2.67
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
Man Enough1994DOSTsunami Media, Inc.1.33
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Plumbers Don't Wear Ties19943DOKirin Entertainment1.00
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.37
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
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse1994DOS, MacintoshViacom New Media3.95
Hiyake no Omoide + Himekuri: Girls in Motion Puzzle - Vol.11995SEGA SaturnYanoman Corporation...
Mission Critical1995DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.84
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.31
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Selected Covers

Tomcat Alley SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Tomcat Alley
Ghosts Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Ghosts
Kids on Site DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Kids on Site
Burn:Cycle Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Burn:Cycle

Selected Screenshots

FMV title screen
Screenshot from Tomcat Alley
Title screen
Screenshot from Ghosts
Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site