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 IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA...
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku2005PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsEidos, Inc....
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design...
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company...
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREWEA Mobile...
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U....
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
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.3.31
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company...
Video Strip Poker Supreme2006WindowsTorquemada Games...
Myst: The Collection2006WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA...
Strip Poker Exclusive 22006WindowsEmotion Design...
Myst2006Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSPFunbox Media Ltd.3.68
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Fate by Numbers2007Windows3.80
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.45
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.45
Evil Resistance: Morning of the Dead2008WindowsAkella...
Casebook: Episode 1- Kidnapped2008WindowsMumboJumbo, LLC...
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Selected Covers

Myst Complete (I-V) Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Myst Complete (I-V)
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Carol Vorderman's Sudoku

Selected Screenshots

Title and Main Menu (in Polish)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive 2
Title Screen (in Russian)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive
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