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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.30
Beyond Time1997Windows, Windows 3.xDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.02
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc....
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.34
Need for Speed: Most Wanted2005BREWEA Mobile...
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku2005PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsEidos, Inc....
Akte Europa1997WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd....
Immercenary19953DOElectronic Arts, Inc....
Need for Speed: Undercover2008PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.45
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.45
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.76
KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm2000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.91
Need for Speed2015PlayStation 4, Xbox OneElectronic Arts, Inc....
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge2001WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.83
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Crusader: No Remorse1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 22000WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
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Selected Covers

Akte Europa Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Akte Europa
Connections Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Connections

Selected Screenshots

Main menu. AI playing with himself on the background.
Screenshot from Akte Europa
Your goal is to collect items representing innovations throughout history and put them into a chain of connections
Screenshot from Connections
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