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
Act of War: Direct Action2005WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku2005PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsEidos, Inc.3.60
Missing: The 13th Victim2005WindowsThe Adventure Company3.44
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREW, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360EA Mobile3.44
Strip Poker Exclusive2005WindowsEmotion Design3.00
Myst IV: Revelation2004Macintosh, Windows, XboxUbisoft, Inc.4.11
The Guy Game2004PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxGathering2.71
Myst IV: Revelation (Limited Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA5.00
Myst IV: Revelation (Collector's Edition)2004Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.42
Myst: 10th Anniversary DVD Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.32
Missing2003Macintosh, WindowsThe Adventure Company3.94
Conspiracies2003WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC2.78
Enter the Matrix2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxAtari, Inc.2.73
Vet Emergency 22003Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.57
Video Strip Poker2002Windowse-vision.pl3.62
Citizen X2002SEGA CDOlderGames2.60
Combat Queen2002PlayStation 2Taito Corporation4.00
Zelenhgorm: Episode I: Land of the Blue Moon2002WindowsFederation X Media Group AB3.23
Myst Trilogy2002Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.98
911 Paramedic2002Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.1.00
Erevos2001WindowsGrenadios2.29
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation4.67
Point of View2001DVD Player, WindowsDigital Circus Entertainment, Inc.3.95
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
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Selected Covers

The Guy Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for The Guy Game
Combat Queen PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Combat Queen
The Fear PlayStation 2 Front Cover Keep Case 1
Front cover for The Fear
Point of View DVD Player Front Cover
Front cover for Point of View

Selected Screenshots

Start-up menu
Screenshot from The Guy Game
Developer screen
Screenshot from Citizen X
Title screen.
Screenshot from Point of View