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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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.49
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design3.86
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing1.58
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.31
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company3.88
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.14
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.00
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA3.83
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.05
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA3.69
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.55
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
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Selected Covers

Missing Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Missing
Vet Emergency 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency 2
Missing: The 13th Victim Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Missing: The 13th Victim
Need for Speed: Carbon Xbox Front Cover
Front cover for Need for Speed: Carbon

Selected Screenshots

One of the many websites that comprise this game.
Screenshot from Missing
Title Screen (in Russian)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive
Main menu
Screenshot from Vet Emergency 2
Title and Main Menu (in Polish)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive 2
The main menu screen
Screenshot from Need for Speed: Carbon