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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".

  • 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
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M0.33
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
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 Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku2005PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsEidos, Inc.3.60
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREW, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360EA Mobile3.44
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
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Selected Covers

Combat Queen PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Combat Queen
The Guy Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for The Guy Game
Conspiracies Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Conspiracies
Missing Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Missing

Selected Screenshots

Start-up menu
Screenshot from The Guy Game
The future of Greece as seen on the title page.
Screenshot from Conspiracies
One of the many websites that comprise this game.
Screenshot from Missing
Title Screen (in Russian)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive