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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.30
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc....
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.34
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREWEA Mobile...
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku2005PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsEidos, Inc....
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd....
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri1999Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.97
Need for Speed2015PlayStation 4, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc....
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.58
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.91
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
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Selected Covers

Byzantine: The Betrayal Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Byzantine: The Betrayal
Wing Commander: Prophecy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Wing Commander: Prophecy
Need for Speed Xbox One Front Cover
Front cover for Need for Speed
Akte Europa Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Akte Europa

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Byzantine: The Betrayal
Intro Start Up
Screenshot from Wing Commander: Prophecy
Main menu. AI playing with himself on the background.
Screenshot from Akte Europa
Main menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Remorse
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