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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".

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
Wing Commander: Prophecy1997Game Boy Advance, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.88
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.58
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.29
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.42
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design3.86
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
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.3.98
Aliens Versus Predator1999WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.78
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.60
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
MAG!!!1996Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSGreenwood Entertainment Software GmbH2.00
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Selected Covers

MAG!!! Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for MAG!!!
Wing Commander: Prophecy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Wing Commander: Prophecy
The Guy Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for The Guy Game

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from MAG!!!
Intro Start Up
Screenshot from Wing Commander: Prophecy
Title Screen (in Russian)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive