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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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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA3.69
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.55
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.92
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.47
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.37
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
Erevos2001WindowsGrenadios2.29
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
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Selected Covers

Enter the Matrix Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Enter the Matrix
Myst III: Exile Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst III: Exile
Conspiracies Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Conspiracies
Combat Queen PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Combat Queen
Myst Trilogy Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst Trilogy

Selected Screenshots

Hack the matrix to get bonuses....
Screenshot from Enter the Matrix
Catherine and child
Screenshot from Myst III: Exile
The future of Greece as seen on the title page.
Screenshot from Conspiracies
Main menu
Screenshot from Vet Emergency 2