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Full motion video games: did you play them?


#21

Nope. Technically you have a point but that’s not how the term was understood back then. Even Phantasmagoria has static backgrounds and it’s pretty much the ultimate FMV game.


#22

FMV games I’ve played in the past include Wing Commander III, Return to Zork, and Zork Nemesis.

At the time I played them, I enjoyed them. I felt it helped with the immersion, and it seemed to combine what I liked about movies with what I liked about video games. Return to Zork was done in a pretty cheesy (but fun) way, but Nemesis was fairly impressive I felt. I enjoyed the acting in Wing Commander III, quality-wise - it was the best of the 3, however for this one, the FMV elements were really just long cutscenes and less integrated in the game.

Late Shift looks very interesting.


#23

If you are willing to accept the fact that it’s more a movie than a game, yes.

It’s probably the only FMV game that had a production quality so high that I felt it would have made a decent real movie.


#24

There is a sale on Steam for “The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight® Mystery” (which I have always called “Gabriel Knight 2”) so I have watched the intro of the game on YouTube and despite not being sure when I’ll play it, I have decided to purchase it.

Yes, it seems quite cheesy but I think that it might be part of its charm. Jane Jensen never disappointed me and I hope that she will provide a good experience this time as well.


#25

The german dub turns the cheese up to 11.


#26

And is that a good thing?


#27

Depends on how much you enjoy it based on that. Many of the intentional and unintentional hilarious parts make the intended shockinging/creepy scenes seem all the more absurd. It´s tonally really all over the place.


#28

One game came to my mind - it’s not classic FMV but very related and I liked it very much, have to set up DOSBox again and play it:
The Riddle of Master Lu

Some screens from the game:


#29

Late Shift is now on Gog:

https://www.gog.com/game/late_shift

@LowLevel: Have you finished the game already? Can you recommend it?


#30

Did you talk to him lately? He hasn´t been seen here since late in the last year…


#31

I am aware of that. But maybe he’ll be back some day. :wink:


#32

I expect to be mainly a lurker, here. :slightly_smiling_face:

@Someone : I finished “Late Shift” and shared my opinion in a previous post of this thread. It’s a good “choose your own adventure” experience, if you like the acting. Just don’t expect a different kind of “game”.


#33

German forum users might enjoy this. It´s mostly about the oddly controversial game Night Trap. The last section is a best of from the hilarious german dub of Gabriel Knight 2.


#34

I just watched the following news report on Dragon’s Lair. Amazing, seeing that it’s from the early 80s, even though the game is actually very simple! I hadn’t imagined that it was possible to load different videos quickly enough back then. Seemingly, it was made possible by the LaserDisk.


#35

Yes, as far as I know it was the first videogame with a LaserDisk, hence the graphics made a big jump forward for the stardards at that time.

I was never able to finish it.


#36

I always wanted to play that, but never had the chance. Then I bought the awful Dragon’s Lair 3D (which crashes in level 1 if it loads at all - so I even did not get to experience exactly how bad it was).
Since I wasted €20 on that, I am waiting for the originals (+Space age) to be on a -95% sale.

FMV games I have played & Completed or are in my library waiting to be (re)played:

  • Phantasmagoria ®
  • Phantasmagoria 2 ©
  • Ripper ©
  • Gabriel Knight 2 ®
  • Her Story

[edit: © = completed, ®=completed but will need to replay one day]


#37

I have a definite overlap there. I enjoyed GK2 and Her Story.

I’ve got Dragon Lore on CD-ROM from '95; that’s CG FMV. I never got too far though; gameplay was awkward even if it looked pretty neat.

There’s also Who’s Oscar Lake (Wie is Oscar Lake):

Operatie teddybeer:

https://www.bol.com/nl/p/easy-computing-operatie-teddybeer-windows/1003004000008537/?country=BE

All of the more recent Telltale games are basically FMV games as well even if it’s technically rendered in real time.


#38

That’s why I lost my interest in their games. For example, I would have liked to play a Batman point & click game, but their Batman series is too much a FMV game. In my opinion, the Arkham series is much better, when it comes to Batman games.


#39

That’s because it used a LaserDisk. It was only possible to play a scene from the disc, but not to render graphics in the scene.

And AFAIR the arcade machines had a very “buggy” hardware. If a player “hit” the cabinet (accidentally) the Laserdisk stopped working.


#40

Am I the only one who always thought it was kinda odd that lowlevel never used relative sentences in his thread titles, but rather opted to use two sentences instead?