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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.56
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Gatsby Diamond Jewelry Theft1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Rat Tattoo Murder1997WindowsLegacy Software...
D.A.: Pursuit of Justice - The Sunset Boulevard Deuce1997WindowsLegacy Software...
Dark Side of the Moon1998WindowsSouthPeak Interactive, LLC3.25
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie2010Macintosh, WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.89
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.18
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.91
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Disruptor1996PlayStationUniversal Interactive Inc.3.80
Diva X: Ariana1995Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Diva X: Rebecca1996Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.3.17
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, DVD Player, Macintosh, SEGA CDInfinite Ventures, Inc.3.66
Drug Wars19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.13
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.44
EarthSiege 21996Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.73
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.97
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Selected Covers

The Daedalus Encounter Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for The Daedalus Encounter
The Dame Was Loaded DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Dame Was Loaded
Defcon 5 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Defcon 5
Deep Fighter Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Deep Fighter

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from The Daedalus Encounter
Anger's client, Carol Klein.
Screenshot from The Dame Was Loaded
Intro cinematic : the spaceship is flying through the city.
Screenshot from Defcon 5