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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Evidence: The Last Ritual2006WindowsThe Adventure Company...
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku2005PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsEidos, Inc....
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREWEA Mobile...
Act of War: Direct Action (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsAtari Europe S.A.S.U....
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company...
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design...
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.44
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA...
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA...
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames...
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
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Selected Covers

Vet Emergency 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency 2
Myst Trilogy Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst Trilogy
Missing Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Missing

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Vet Emergency 2
Title Screen (in Russian)
Screenshot from Strip Poker Exclusive
One of the many websites that comprise this game.
Screenshot from Missing
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