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).

Viewing Page 12 of 14 (items 276-300 of 341) Previous | Next
Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Erevos2001WindowsGrenadios2.29
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.42
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.00
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Goto Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14

Selected Covers

Missing Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Missing
Emergency Room: Code Red Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Emergency Room: Code Red
Vet Emergency 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency 2
The Guy Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for The Guy Game

Selected Screenshots

One of the many websites that comprise this game.
Screenshot from Missing
Main menu
Screenshot from Vet Emergency 2
Developer screen
Screenshot from Citizen X
Information Chart
Screenshot from Erevos
Start-up menu
Screenshot from The Guy Game