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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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.24
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.47
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M0.33
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Point of View2001WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.95
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.85
Erevos2001WindowsGrenadios2.29
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.91
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.90
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.55
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
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Selected Covers

Myst Trilogy Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst Trilogy
Point of View Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Point of View
Vet Emergency Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Point of View
Information Chart
Screenshot from Erevos
Title and Main Menu featuring Chessie Moon (in Russian)
Screenshot from Ibiza Babewatch