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.3.89
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Selected Covers

Crusader: No Regret DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Crusader: No Regret

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu
Screenshot from Crusader: No Regret