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Gameplay 7.9
Graphics 8.0
Sound 7.5
Value 7.9
Distributor: Activision
Classification:
G8+
Review Date:
December 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

7.9


The Movies

With an innovative title like this it goes to show that there are people still out there prepared to have a crack at doing something a bit different. The Movies sees you play what initially appears to be a Sims type game with the title allowing you to take control of a Hollywood studio and follow itís progress through from the early days of cinema all the way through to the present and beyond. Itís a neat approach and certainly a new idea, one that most players will find hard to resist. 

Being a studio head has its problems though and not the least of which is the time that the game dissolves into a micro-management frenzy. As the game progresses, your characters who are working for you and starring in your little movies have a little life and personality of their own. You will have to make sure that everyone is happy or you simply wonít being making movies. 

Sometimes the game is a little too anal about the level of management that you have to undertake, giving you tasks that quite simply as a studio head you would not have to do, such as archiving old footage, oversee simple things on set that a director would look after and the like. 

One of the really cool things is that you can actually edit out the movies that your studio is creating to add your own lines of dialogue and crop scenes that did not work out. The system  of dragging everything to make it happen is a little frustrating at times as it is quite unwieldy but over time you do get the hang of it. Iím not saying you like it anymore but you do get used to it. 

Itís crazy but The Movies is something you are most likely going to like, but that is not the reason for craziness, itís that this title is really hard to nail down. Itís a case of how to categorise it as the closest thing youíll find it to be is a simulation or strategy and itís not quite either. It feels great though and I for one applaud Activision for the release. 

Good stuff.






 
 



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