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
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M0.33
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.37
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.42
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku2005PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsEidos, Inc.3.60
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREW, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360EA Mobile3.43
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.00
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Selected Covers

Missing: The 13th Victim Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Missing: The 13th Victim
Enter the Matrix Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Enter the Matrix
Randevu s neznakomkoy 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Randevu s neznakomkoy 2
Myst IV: Revelation Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst IV: Revelation

Selected Screenshots

Hack the matrix to get bonuses....
Screenshot from Enter the Matrix
Title screen
Screenshot from Randevu s neznakomkoy 2
Title Screen
Screenshot from Myst IV: Revelation
Main Menu.
Screenshot from Video Strip Poker
The future of Greece as seen on the title page.
Screenshot from Conspiracies