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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
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.37
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Point of View2001WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.95
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
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Selected Covers

Ibiza Babewatch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ibiza Babewatch
Point of View Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Point of View

Selected Screenshots

Title and Main Menu featuring Chessie Moon (in Russian)
Screenshot from Ibiza Babewatch
Title screen.
Screenshot from Point of View
Shot (PS2)
Screenshot from MegaRace: MR3
Developer screen
Screenshot from Citizen X