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.