|System: X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Zöe Mode||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Codemasters||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 17, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
It's imperative not to change the lighting conditions or the background within the room. Even still, things will inexplicably go wrong when you least expect it and without having changed a thing. This is my biggest complaint with the game. At least half of the movies we made got spoiled because of an inexplicable error with the camera and the people cutouts.
Of course, the game is not all that bad. It has appropriate sound effects, the game design is appealing, and the mini-games are funny. Since players are separated from the background and transported into the game's zany visuals, everyone will laugh out loud seeing how ridiculous the "actors" look waving their arms, gesticulating like a foolish person. The director's voice can get annoying though. It starts really funny, but you'll get tired of his repetitive and defiant comments. Who does he think he is? Well if we're the actors, I guess that makes him the boss but still!
All in all, You're in the Movies is more of a novelty than a fully fleshed out game. It includes 30 different movies of various genres, which are funny spoofs of Hollywood-style movies. There's also a section you unlock where you can edit and create your own movies, but there should be a higher amount of movies and mini-games, and the gameplay should be more fast-paced. The Director's Mode will let you combine clips from different movies, add your own voice or sound effects with the mic, and that's about it. It's a nice extra, but it won't do much for the average player. Also, there isn't online play, so you can't play with your online friends or share the videos with them unless you use a computer to download the movies and then upload it to a video website.
Playing mini-games and watching a movie featuring yourself and your friends is fun the first few times, but it wears off fast. The game does a good job of including everyone and providing a fun time, and the Director's Mode extends its value, but if you already own the camera and get tired of party games easily, perhaps there isn't a good enough reason to jump into this purchase. However, if you're ready for a crazy night of fun, renting it wouldn't hurt. In fact, it will be highly entertaining the first time around!
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