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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
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
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U.4.00
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design3.86
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company3.88
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing1.58
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.68
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst Complete (I-V)2006Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.40
Need for Speed: Carbon2006GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.29
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Selected Covers

Enter the Matrix Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Enter the Matrix
Missing: The 13th Victim Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Missing: The 13th Victim
Combat Queen PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Combat Queen

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu.
Screenshot from Video Strip Poker
Hack the matrix to get bonuses....
Screenshot from Enter the Matrix
Title Screen (in Russian)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive