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".

  • 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

MegaRace: MR3 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for MegaRace: MR3
Vet Emergency 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency 2
Ibiza Babewatch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ibiza Babewatch

Selected Screenshots

Developer screen
Screenshot from Citizen X
Shot (PS2)
Screenshot from MegaRace: MR3
Main menu
Screenshot from Vet Emergency 2
Title and Main Menu featuring Chessie Moon (in Russian)
Screenshot from Ibiza Babewatch