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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M0.94
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.98
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Erevos2001WindowsGrenadios2.29
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Point of View2001WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.95
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M0.33
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
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Selected Covers

The Fear PlayStation 2 Front Cover Keep Case 1
Front cover for The Fear
Vet Emergency Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency
Code Blue Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Code Blue
Deep Fighter Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Deep Fighter

Selected Screenshots

Information Chart
Screenshot from Erevos
Logging into Legacy Memorial hospital.
Screenshot from Code Blue
Title screen.
Screenshot from Point of View