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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu1995DOS, MacintoshSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.86
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.47
Wirehead1995SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.2.67
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation3.76
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (10th Anniversary Edition)2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc.4.50
Shivers1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.64
Maabus1995Windows 3.xMicroforum International2.45
Quest for Fame1995Windows 3.xIBM4.60
animefreak FX: Vol. 21995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
animefreak FX: Vol. 11995PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.00
The 11th Hour1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsOzacq1, Inc.3.43
Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster1995Macintosh, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.01
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.71
The Daedalus Encounter19953DO, Macintosh, Windows 3.xVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.95
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.3.05
Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xThe Armchair Travel Company Ltd.4.00
Laurie Anderson's Puppet Motel1995Macintosh, WindowsVoyager...
Johnny Mnemonic1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSony Imagesoft...
Mirage1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xAtlantean Interactive Games...
Silent Steel1995Windows, Windows 3.xTsunami Media, Inc.3.21
Shinobi Legions1995SEGA SaturnVic Tokai, Inc.3.54
McKenzie & Co.1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xAmerican Laser Games, Inc....
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
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Selected Covers

Quest for Fame Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Quest for Fame
animefreak FX: Vol. 2 PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for animefreak FX: Vol. 2
The 11th Hour DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The 11th Hour
Silent Steel Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Silent Steel
Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Johnny Mnemonic

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 2
The main menu
Screenshot from The 11th Hour
Title Screen
Screenshot from Silent Steel
Loading screen
Screenshot from Johnny Mnemonic
Title screen
Screenshot from animefreak FX: Vol. 1