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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.40
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.42
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst: Masterpiece Edition1999Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.78
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
National Lampoon's Blind Date1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xTrimark Interactive2.58
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.29
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.40
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.62
Noctropolis1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Nuclear Strike1997Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Obsidian1997Macintosh, WindowsSegaSoft, Inc.3.66
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
Omega Boost1999PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.20
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Outwars1998WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.46
The Pandora Directive1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccess Software, Inc.3.99
Panic in the Park1995Windows 3.xWarnerActive...
Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xActivision Publishing, Inc.1.75
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Selected Covers

Noctropolis DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Noctropolis
Outwars Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Outwars
Myst III: Exile Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst III: Exile
Need for Speed: Carbon Xbox Front Cover
Front cover for Need for Speed: Carbon

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Noctropolis
Main menu.
Screenshot from Outwars
Catherine and child
Screenshot from Myst III: Exile
The main menu screen
Screenshot from Need for Speed: Carbon