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
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M0.94
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Star Trek: Klingon Academy2000WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.68
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.92
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.90
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.34
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Point of View2001DVD Player, WindowsDigital Circus Entertainment, Inc.3.95
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
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Selected Covers

Pursuit of Justice Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Pursuit of Justice

Selected Screenshots

Logging into Legacy Memorial hospital.
Screenshot from Code Blue
two badly damaged Shadowcats
Screenshot from MechWarrior 4: Vengeance