Excerpt: Date: 6/21/2006 The Movies: Stunts & Effects pretty much sums up the new content brought to The Movies in its title. Now your studios will be able to create those summer blockbusters we all know and love.
Excerpt: Can you imagine films without special effects? Would The Matrix have been half the film it is without its incredible camera technology? Would Star Wars have had the same impact if it had been shot using cars made up to look like X-Wings and TIE Fighters? Could Titanic even have been made?
Excerpt: Lionhead Studios addressed the lack of special effects in last year's The Movies by releasing an expansion pack, The Movies: Stunts and Effects. Installing the new expansion changes very little in the simulation until you've played through the 1960s, but opens up a wide range of options for the...
Excerpt: Hit film-sim The Movies struts the red carpet again with its first expansion to explore the more intricate side of filmmaking: stunts and effects. It seems to pack a powerful punch of life back into the game, but does it offer enough to fix its existing annoyances and give your wallet a thinning?
Excerpt: Back in January, we gave the original The Movies a 7.0. While the game offered an impressively intuitive interface (dig the alliteration), options galore, and truly enjoyable gameplay, the title’s micromanagement necessity and gruelingly long time frame limited its potential and appeal.
Summary: Hollywood's problem is that as movies become more complex, the expectations of the audience keep getting higher. (The same could be said of games, as well.) This means that more effort must be put into creating larger spectacles.
Pros: You can take your movies to the next level with the addition of stunts and special effects, New sets let you create fresh new epics, such as monster movies, Fans of virtual moviemaking have plenty of new toys to play with
Cons: All these new features add to the complexity of the game and make micromanagement a handful at times, Existing problems from The Movies still persist, such as the annoying staffing shortages