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 III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.76
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.34
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.83
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Point of View2001DVD Player, WindowsDigital Circus Entertainment, Inc....
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG...
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software...
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M...
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.92
Code Blue2000Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M...
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M...
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Selected Covers

Vet Emergency Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency
Point of View DVD Player Front Cover
Front cover for Point of View
The Fear PlayStation 2 Front Cover Keep Case 1
Front cover for The Fear
Myst III: Exile Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Myst III: Exile

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Point of View
Catherine and child
Screenshot from Myst III: Exile
Main Title/Main Menu
Screenshot from Emperor: Battle for Dune
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