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
Point of View2001DVD Player, WindowsDigital Circus Entertainment, Inc....
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001GameCube, PlayStation 2Rockstar Games, Inc.3.88
Emergency Room: Code Red2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Myst III: Exile2001Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.94
Jimmy White's Cueball World2001WindowsVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe) Ltd....
Randevu s neznakomkoy 22001WindowsRussobit-M...
The Fear2001PlayStation 2Enix Corporation...
Erevos2001WindowsGrenadios...
Myst III: Exile (Collector's Edition)2001Macintosh, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.75
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG...
Emperor: Battle for Dune2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.76
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.34
Vet Emergency2001Macintosh, WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.83
Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition2001WindowsRedfire Software...
Pursuit of Justice2001WindowsLegacy Interactive Inc....
Majestic2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.77
MechCommander 22001WindowsMicrosoft Corporation3.78
Archie Barrel - Case: Hotel Imperial2000WindowsRussobit-M...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Kelly Monaco2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Carrie Westcott2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Digital Strip Poker featuring Neriah Davis2000WindowsSlickrock Software, LLC...
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.91
Deutschland Europameister 20002000WindowsKOCH Media Deutschland GmbH...
Deep Fighter2000Dreamcast, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.03
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Selected Covers

Emergency Room: Code Red Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Emergency Room: Code Red
Ibiza Babewatch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ibiza Babewatch
Point of View DVD Player Front Cover
Front cover for Point of View

Selected Screenshots

Title and Main Menu featuring Chessie Moon (in Russian)
Screenshot from Ibiza Babewatch
Title screen.
Screenshot from Point of View
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