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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.53
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 21997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.68
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.3.05
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising2009WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.48
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.40
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.72
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design3.86
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc.3.17
Vikings1998Macintosh, Windowsindex+3.13
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.92
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Selected Covers

Emperor: Battle for Dune Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Emperor: Battle for Dune

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu.
Screenshot from Video Strip Poker
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Emperor: Battle for Dune