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".

  • 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
Casebook: Episode 0 - The Missing Urn2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.82
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.48
Casebook: Episode I - Kidnapped2008WindowsMumboJumbo, LLC3.48
Evil Resistance: Morning of the Dead2008WindowsAkella0.86
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.40
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.68
Fate by Numbers2007Windows3.80
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.68
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design3.86
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing1.58
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.40
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company3.88
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.28
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREW, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360EA Mobile3.44
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku2005PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsEidos, Inc.3.60
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.00
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.42
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Selected Covers

Fate by Numbers Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fate by Numbers

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen (in Russian)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive
Main menu
Screenshot from Fate by Numbers