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
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
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.90
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.37
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M0.33
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
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Selected Covers

Myst Trilogy Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst Trilogy
Conspiracies Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Conspiracies

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu.
Screenshot from Video Strip Poker
The future of Greece as seen on the title page.
Screenshot from Conspiracies
Hack the matrix to get bonuses....
Screenshot from Enter the Matrix