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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.37
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M0.33
Erevos2001WindowsGrenadios2.29
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.90
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
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Selected Covers

Emperor: Battle for Dune Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Emperor: Battle for Dune
Pursuit of Justice Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Pursuit of Justice
Combat Queen PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Combat Queen

Selected Screenshots

Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Emperor: Battle for Dune
Developer screen
Screenshot from Citizen X
Main Menu.
Screenshot from Video Strip Poker
Main menu
Screenshot from Vet Emergency 2