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 III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software5.00
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M0.33
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.90
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc.2.89
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.34
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
Ø Story2000PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl2000WindowsRussobit-M0.94
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M3.57
Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition2000Macintosh, WindowsFox Interactive, Inc.3.92
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC3.00
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance2000WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.88
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Selected Covers

Ø Story PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Ø Story
MegaRace: MR3 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for MegaRace: MR3
Vet Emergency Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Vet Emergency

Selected Screenshots

Main menu.
Screenshot from Ø Story
Shot (PS2)
Screenshot from MegaRace: MR3