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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360, Xbox OneMicrosoft Game Studios4.14
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.82
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie2010Macintosh, WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd....
Casebook Trilogy: Special Edition2010WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd....
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd...
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios...
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time - 10th Anniversary Edition for Mac OS X2009MacintoshPresto Studios, Inc....
Casebook: Episode 0 - The Missing Urn2009WindowsAreograph Ltd...
Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher2009WindowsAreograph Ltd...
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising2009Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.75
Evil Resistance: Morning of the Dead2008WindowsAkella...
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.76
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.45
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.45
Casebook: Episode 1- Kidnapped2008WindowsMumboJumbo, LLC...
Fate by Numbers2007Windows3.80
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.67
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design...
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.31
Video Strip Poker Supreme2006WindowsTorquemada Games...
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company...
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.40
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Selected Covers

Need for Speed: Carbon Xbox Front Cover
Front cover for Need for Speed: Carbon

Selected Screenshots

Title and Main Menu (in Polish)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive 2
The main menu screen
Screenshot from Need for Speed: Carbon
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