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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
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
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.92
Ghosts1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Design Interactive2.93
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Inca II: Nations of Immortality1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.2.95
Who Shot Johnny Rock?19913DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.2.98
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Casebook Trilogy: Special Edition2010WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Anime Freak FX: Vol. 61998PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 31996PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
Blown Away1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xChangeling Software3.00
The Vortex: Quantum Gate II1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xHyperbole Studios3.00
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
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Selected Covers

The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for The Daedalus Encounter
Emergency Room: Code Red Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Emergency Room: Code Red
Code Blue Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Code Blue
Beyond Time Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Beyond Time
Who Shot Johnny Rock? Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Who Shot Johnny Rock?

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from The Daedalus Encounter
Logging into Legacy Memorial hospital.
Screenshot from Code Blue
Title screen
Screenshot from Beyond Time
The Damsel in Distress
Screenshot from Who Shot Johnny Rock?