Full motion video (FMV) has allowed video games to incorporate realistic graphics into their stories almost since their inception. Prerecorded video allowed real people to appear in LaserDisc arcade games in the ’80s, but such games were prohibitively expensive for home systems – and difficult to fit on a floppy disk. Most games relied on sprites and models to visualize their action, and as graphics got better there was little need for FMV. However, some games borrowed from the appearance of real human actors in their fictional settings, sometimes to increase likelihood and sometimes to increase shtick.
FMV never really went away, and the recently released ones immortality, from veteran designer Sam Barlow and Half Mermaid Productions, shows how games can use these pre-recorded videos to increase immersion and bring their stories to life. Here are five games for gamers who love it immortality and are looking for their next FMV title or just want to see what’s possible with the genre.
Solve a murder with her story
2015’s Her Story marked Sam Barlow’s first foray into video game film editing. It offers players an old-school computer interface, complete with a recycle bin, readme files, and a basic version of Vice versa. However, the backbone of this computer-within-a-computer is a database of police interrogation footage. Players must search the database for keywords to uncover full interviews and piece together the crime.
The similarities between Your history and immortality are available instantly – short movie clips of real people (the FMV part of the game) presented in a jumbled manner, spooky imagery and even throwing the player into the game without a guide. While the story isn’t as immersive as immortalityThe gameplay is interesting nonetheless, with a focus on trusting the player to create their own story Your history worth a game.
At Dead of Night offers horror & immersion
A popular 2020 horror game developed by Baggy Cat Ltd. was developed and published. With the dead of the night drops players off at a spooky hotel and sets them on the run from the murderous owner. As players run through the hotel hiding from the owner, they speak to ghosts to learn their haunted tales and hunt them throughout the building. what does With the dead of the night so immersive (and terrifying) is the first-person perspective and the seamless merging of FMV with the interactive environment. It really feels like the evil owner is stalking players and getting caught feels really dangerous. With the dead of the night offers immortality Fans with a different take on what FMV can bring to games – a different kind of horror and immersion.
Enjoy the early FMV of Return to Zork
If the text adventure game Zork is often considered the standard and origin of interactive fiction, the sequel followed in 1993 Return to Zork helped bring this genre to the graphic world. Return to Zork is an adventure game in the truest sense of the word that transports players into the fictional world of Zork and challenges them to investigate the sinister power that seems to have taken over the land. Players must interact with the occasionally ridiculous FMV characters to progress and collect items and information to aid them in their journey. Return to Zork is a showcase of early FMV that doesn’t feel entirely interactive, but certainly brings the colorful characters of the fantastical world to life.
The 7th guest helped bring FMV into the mainstream
The same year as Return to Zorkplayers also had the chance to wander through an FMV-haunted mansion The 7th guest, solve puzzles and learn what happened to the ghosts of the mansion. The game features simple mechanics and puzzles that aren’t always integrated into the story, but were very popular at its time as one of the games (along with Myst) to speed up CD-ROM sales and the move to the new format . What The 7th guest offers modern gamers a fun integration of FMV characters played over an immersive environment with reduced opacity to increase the creepiness. It’s an early example of FMV horror and sets the stage for a title like immortality.
Simulacra brings FMV horror to your mobile
However, modern FMV games are not limited to consoles and computers. Mobile game 2017 simulacra, by Kaigan Games, recreates a cell phone interface belonging to a missing woman, Anna. Chatting with Anna’s friends via text messages and proxies for Twitter and Tinder, players will uncover some unsavory relationships from her past in hopes of finding out what happened to her. They also have to hack into their personal accounts and recover passwords by searching other apps for important dates and names.
simulacra In the end it’s a really addicting and fun puzzle/text-adventure, but from time to time the phone gets jammed and the clues to something far more terrifying beneath the mystery surface. simulacra will look familiar to fans of immortalityboth for allowing players to interact with footage of a missing woman, and for the creepier mystery that lurks behind the truth.