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: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Point of View2001WindowsAftermath Media LLC3.95
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Erevos2001WindowsGrenadios2.29
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
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.37
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
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Selected Covers

Combat Queen PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Combat Queen
Enter the Matrix Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Enter the Matrix
MechCommander 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for MechCommander 2
Vet Emergency Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency

Selected Screenshots

Hack the matrix to get bonuses....
Screenshot from Enter the Matrix
Main menu
Screenshot from MechCommander 2
Main Menu.
Screenshot from Video Strip Poker