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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".

  • 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
Global Domination1998PlayStation, WindowsPsygnosis Limited2.88
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II1992DOS, SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, VISICOM Simulations, Inc.2.88
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.90
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.98
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Casebook Trilogy: Special Edition2010WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.00
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
Hardline1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.03
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Flash Traffic: City of Angels1994DOSTime Warner Interactive, Inc.3.03
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.3.05
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Selected Covers

Global Domination Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Global Domination
Deep Fighter Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Deep Fighter
Hardline Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Hardline
Psychic Detective DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Psychic Detective
Blown Away Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Blown Away

Selected Screenshots

The game starts with stirring music and grainy shots of conflict taking place around the world.
Screenshot from Global Domination
Your character even has magial abilities.
Screenshot from Hardline
Title screen
Screenshot from Psychic Detective