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
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.84
Battle Isle 2220: Shadow of the Emperor1995Windows, Windows 3.xBlue Byte Software, Inc.2.84
Stonekeep1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.33
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd....
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.86
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.4.00
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.47
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.76
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software2.88
Ghostly Desires1995Macintosh, WindowsSpice Interactive...
Phoenix 319953DOStudio 3DO...
Snow Job19953DOStudio 3DO...
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xGrolier Electronic Publishing Inc....
Defcon 519953DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnData East USA, Inc.3.91
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc....
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.41
Surgical Strike1995SEGA 32X, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International...
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc....
Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc....
Anime Freak FX: Vol.11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
The Dame Was Loaded1995CD-i, DOS, MacintoshPhilips Interactive Media, Inc.3.56
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Selected Covers

Immercenary 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Immercenary
Stonekeep DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stonekeep

Selected Screenshots

Intro movie. She's probably glad the 3DO cost $600.
Screenshot from Immercenary
Title
Screenshot from Stonekeep
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