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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Clue1994CD-i, Windows, Windows 3.xHasbro Interactive, Inc.3.40
Clue 2: The Mysteries Continue1996CD-iPhilips Interactive Media International Ltd....
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.3.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Command & Conquer1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA SaturnElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.68
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.53
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.48
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising2009WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPElectronic Arts, Inc.4.32
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.58
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Congo: The Movie - Descent into Zinj1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xViacom New Media3.25
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Conspiracies II: Lethal Networks2011WindowsAnima Ppd Interactive4.00
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.68
Critical Path1993Macintosh, Windows 3.xMedia Vision, Inc.3.47
Crusader: No Regret1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.71
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.87
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Selected Covers

Crime Patrol CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Crime Patrol
Code Blue Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Code Blue

Selected Screenshots

The main menu
Screenshot from Crime Patrol
Logging into Legacy Memorial hospital.
Screenshot from Code Blue