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
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.68
Fate by Numbers2007Windows3.80
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.48
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Evil Resistance: Morning of the Dead2008WindowsAkella0.86
Herod's Lost Tomb2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsI-Play...
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.43
Casebook: Episode I - Kidnapped2008WindowsMumboJumbo, LLC3.48
Casebook: Episode 0 - The Missing Urn2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.82
Yoomurjak's Ring2009WindowsPrivate Moon Studios4.08
Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass2009WindowsAreograph Ltd4.00
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising2009WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.92
Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher2009WindowsAreograph Ltd3.91
Rhem 4: The Golden Fragments2010Macintosh, WindowsWHA Entertainment, Inc.4.47
Alan Wake2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.14
Casebook Trilogy: Special Edition2010WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.00
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.53
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie2010Macintosh, WindowsLace Mamba Global Ltd.3.89
Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition)2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.86
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive4.00
Help Fight Breast Cancer2011Xbox 360Silver Dollar Games Inc....
Ms. Splosion Man2011iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.86
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition Extras2012WindowsRemedy Entertainment Ltd.4.07
Alan Wake's American Nightmare2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.98
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.14
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Selected Covers

Yoomurjak's Ring Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Yoomurjak's Ring
Help Fight Breast Cancer Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Help Fight Breast Cancer

Selected Screenshots