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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Point of View2001WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.95
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.42
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREW, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360EA Mobile3.44
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.00
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Selected Covers

Vet Emergency 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency 2
Enter the Matrix Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Enter the Matrix

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Vet Emergency 2
Title Screen (in Russian)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive
Hack the matrix to get bonuses....
Screenshot from Enter the Matrix
Main Menu.
Screenshot from Video Strip Poker
Title Screen
Screenshot from Myst IV: Revelation