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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Her Story2015Macintosh, Windows3.78
Need for Speed2015PlayStation 4, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc....
Guitar Hero Live2015iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox OneActivision Publishing, Inc....
Roundabout2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneNo Goblin LLC3.86
Missing: An Interactive Thriller - Episode 12014Android, iPad, iPhone, WindowsZandel Media, Inc.2.33
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure2014Macintosh, WindowsAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.72
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver3.43
LocoCycle2013Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.80
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.09
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier2012iPadZojoi, LLC...
Alan Wake (Collector's Edition)2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH4.38
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd.4.07
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse2012iPad, WindowsZojoi, LLC4.00
Who's the Daddy? 22012Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive4.00
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.86
Who's the Daddy?2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.53
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie2010Macintosh, WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.89
Casebook Trilogy: Special Edition2010WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.00
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc.4.47
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.86
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Selected Covers

Guitar Hero Live iPad Front Cover
Front cover for Guitar Hero Live
Ms. Splosion Man Xbox 360 Front Cover first version
Front cover for Ms. Splosion Man

Selected Screenshots

New game
Screenshot from Ms. Splosion Man
Microsoft's <moby developer="Eric Neustadter">Eric Neustadter</moby> appears as Mickey the Mechanic in the title screen.
Screenshot from Roundabout
Title screen
Screenshot from Alan Wake