You're in the Movies with Live Vision Camera Xbox 360
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Released on 28/11/2008
“You’re in the Movies” is the first and only game of its kind. It transports players into a magical world of cinema and hilarious improvisations. Using the >Xbox LIVE Vision camera, players’ minigame actions are captured and placed into short, riotous films that put the spotlight on the unique and often dubious acting talents of friends and family. Performances never end up on the cutting room floor and are never the same. With “You’re in the Movies,” you’re about to be a star — if only straight to DVD.
"You're in the Movies" for Xbox 360 Features:
- Star in your very own B-movie. “You’re in the Movies” casts players in a variety of exciting roles, from an action hero to a silent film star. B-list actors often can’t be picky, but with the power of “You’re in the Movies,” feel free to choose a genre, choose a script and become an A-list movie star.
- Casting call. Up to four friends can bask in the spotlight and play starring roles. But rest assured, even watching from the sidelines is fun! A top-notch director guides actors through their roles with simple instructions and immediate feedback; in fact, the director even rates actors on their physical performance in minigames. This exciting scoring system will stop you A-listers from getting too lazy.
- Share your masterpiece with the world. What budding talent doesn’t yearn to be discovered? You can share your cinematic creations — your performances and user-created movies — by downloading your masterpieces to your computer and sharing them with friends, family and the entire world.
- Just think, that best actor award could be only a click away.
- Take the director’s chair. Jump into Director Mode and produce your very own blockbuster. Lock yourself in the edit room and get to work filming the next big hit. Choose your music, add your own voice-over and re-edit to your heart’s content.
- The miracle of technology. The Xbox LIVE Vision camera captures player movements using the revolutionary Cutout Studio technology. “You’re in the Movies” allows players’ best and most hilarious performances to be filmed, saved, shared and relived.
Lights, camera... acting!
So far I've had the chance to be a Singstar and a Guitar Hero, I've Scene It, I've Buzz-ed my way to the top, and I've got Lips. I have played my fair share of party games, so what could possibly be left? Well, I've never been in the movies!
The idea of You're In The Movies is simple – like a B-Movie inspired EyeToy, you use the Xbox Live camera to literally put YOU in the movies. You play some mini games, shoot a few dramatic scenes, and bam! A movie is made and you are the star.
Plug and play
The setup for You're In The Movies is quite simple. You plug in the camera, pop it on top of your TV (or anywhere that means it can film you easily) and start the game. The first thing it gets you to do is a 'cut-out', which is the unique feature of the game. You stand in the frame, then you move out of the frame, and the game makes a 'cut-out' of you – so you can be transported into many different scenes and the room you are in never makes an appearance (In theory).
Once you are cut-out, you, and up to three others, can choose your film (Some examples are 'Cold Blooded' Horror, 'Me, Me, Me' Sci-Fi, and 'We are Super' Superhero Action), and start to play. The gameplay is a mix of simple mini games that work with the camera, and 'acting' – being directed to do things such as 'look scared', 'look like you are struggling', 'snore' etc.
It's quite funny to see yourself running across the screen from a giant lizard, and everyone has a good laugh.
The minigames in You're In The Movies make the most of the camera because you literally have to watch yourself on screen to play the games, and your movements are picked up to fit what you are playing. Amongst others, there's the hula-hoop, the maraca shake, and the marathon run where you have to grab the water bottles as you run by – all of them working cleverly with the functionality of the camera.
There are four rounds, everyone gets four mini games and a couple of 'acting' moments, and the movie you chose at the beginning is created, made up with clips of you filmed from the game. Everyone is in it, it's quite funny to see yourself running across the screen from a giant lizard, and everyone has a good laugh.
You're in the Movies also isn't a game that you would play on your own. The gameplay can be quite drawn out and not that gripping at times; when it was just myself and a friend playing, he quickly got bored.
Festive family fun
On the other hand, I then played You're In The Movies with my whole family, and, despite the fact that my Dad got stage fright and wouldn't join in, we all enjoyed it much more. We laughed at each other's silliness playing the mini games, and it was great watching the movie with all four roles being played by us. I definitely think it is something that will be played with all age ranges over the holidays.
So, You're In The Movies is definitely one for the family/party market. It's not something that will grip you for hours on your own, but it will provide some laughs and entertainment when you have your loved ones round to play. There are a lot of different movies to be unlocked and cast yourself in, and, if you can perfect the 'cut-out', there is, I'm sure, lots of fun to be had.
- Exciting new type of 360 game that makes full use of the Xbox Live camera.
- Plenty of choices of movie to cast yourself in.
- Good fun for all the family.
- The cut-out functionality can be hit-and-miss.
- The gameplay is quite slow and drawn out.
- Not a lot of fun unless there’s a group of you.
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