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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
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
Psychic Detective19953DO, DOS, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc.3.05
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.45
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.48
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.68
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.31
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Shockwave Assault1995Macintosh, Pippin, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.44
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Triple Play 971996DOS, PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Road Rash19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.79
Shock Wave19943DOElectronic Arts, Inc....
Soviet Strike1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate19943DO, PlayStationElectronic Arts, Inc....
The Sacred Mirror of Kofun1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xEnteractive, Inc....
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design...
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design...
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.68
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
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Selected Covers

Road Rash Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Road Rash
The Fear PlayStation 2 Front Cover Keep Case 1
Front cover for The Fear
Triple Play 97 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Triple Play 97

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Road Rash
This is a licensed game, I get it.
Screenshot from Triple Play 97
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