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The Movies: Stunts & Effects (Windows)

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Overall MobyScore (6 votes) 4.5


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88
Game Chronicles
The Movies: Stunts and Effects is a great addition to an already stellar title. The new features only add to the immense fun-factor and “sandbox” feel you reap from this game. However, $29.99 for an expansion (only $10 less than the original) may be a tad steep for some folks, and even though there is a nice chunk of content, it doesn’t necessarily reinvent the wheel…well, unless that wheel is set ablaze and covered in poisonous spike.
87
GameZone
A truly solid expansion that adds to the overall experience of the game, whether playing out in the game’s goal-driven ‘campaign’ or in the sandbox mode. The ability to really customize your own movie becomes a deeper experience with Stunts & Effects. The words used to describe the original title – addictive, and just plain fun – still apply. Owners of The Movies will want to add this expansion.
85
Worth Playing
In the gaming community, there are certain leaders – certain captains of industry, if you will – who are hailed as paragons of that hobby. Masters of their craft, they are the ones to whom new generations of game makers look for inspiration and guidance. Their projects have been routinely lauded as works of genius, and their promises of things to come seen as prophecies of a better gaming world. Will Wright is one of these men. Peter Molyneux is, well, not. It isn't that his ideas are any less grand than Wright's. It isn't that his games are in any way inferior. Ironically, Molyneux's downfall is in that he wants too much too fast, and his games simply never live up to the majestic tapestry woven in their press releases. While nearly every single one of Lionhead's products has been superb in execution, none of them has fulfilled the expectations set out by Molyneux himself.
83
PC Powerplay
Spielerisch und inhaltlich gefällt mir dieses Addon wirklich gut: Es kommt mit einem eigenen Tutorial, erweitert das Baumenü um zig neue Sets und bietet einen Schnelleinstieg, mit dem ich sofort Zugriff auf die neuen Features habe. Allerdings ändert sich trotz der Stuntleute naturgemäß nicht viel am Spielprinzip und -gefühl. Rein inhaltlich gebe ich eine klare Kaufempfehlung, allerdings finde ich auch, dass 30 Euro für das Gebote ne die Schmerzgrenze knapp überschreiten.
81
PC Games (Germany)
Freizeit-Regisseure haben Grund zum Jubeln - endlich gibt es das erste Add-on zu The Movies. Die Features lesen sich nicht schlecht: Stuntszenen und Spezialeffekte versprechen mehr Abwechslung für das Spiel. Die frischen Elemente fügen sich nahtlos ins bisherige Gameplay ein - das aktuelle Tutorial erklärt die Grundzüge, wie Sie mit der neuen "Klasse" Stuntmen umgehen.
80
G4 TV: X-Play
The good news is that The Movies: Stunts & Effects is highly unlikely to inspire add-on remorse. There's enough new game here to buoy all the backdrops and furnishings that come with your standard issue game upgrade. Auteur types are well served with a cutting room floor full of broken bones, exploding cars and giant monster attacks to help them better express their creative visions. In other words, if you're not the gotta catch 'em all type, this expansion pack feels like it actually expands an already great game.
80
PC Action
Durch die Luft hechtende Männer, die durch Feuer springen, lassen wohl jeden Filmfan vor Freude jauchzen.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
As a psychologist, I'm often called upon to nod and frown, whilst someone pays me lots of money so they can recline on a leather couch. Sometimes, I even get to do some psychology, which mainly consists of mentioning the word schizophrenia, tutting and frowning, like the world's axis rests on the gravitas of my words. Then I get paid lots! It's great.
80
Yahoo! Games
Six months or so have passed since Lionhead's last big PC release, The Movies, and already it's time for its first expansion pack. Stunts and Effects adds stuntmen (and women) to The Movies' existing framework of film-making and studio management, and bulks out the game's content with a pile of new sets, costumes, special effects, and a few interface tweaks. Sadly, the flaws that held The Movies back from greatness go unfixed, but Stunts and Effects will not disappoint those that enjoyed the original more for its creative potential than its gameplay.
80
IGN
Expansion packs are almost a sure thing for any successful simulation. Players of Lionhead's The Movies have been waiting patiently for their first. With expansion packs it's always simply a matter of deciding whether it includes enough features to make the game more exciting and fun. The good news is that Stunts and Effects adds a very good amount of new scenes, effects, sets, camera controls, and buildings to the movie making process. There's enough here to please any desktop director and keep your own imaginative process flowing. Those who were hoping for improvements to The Movies sometimes aggravating gameplay mode will have to hope for another expansion in the future. There's little to offer in the way of improvements and some of the new features like stuntmen only add to the micromanagement issues.
78
Gamesmania
Das erste AddOn zum Hauptprogramm bekommt trotz relativ guter Wertungen in den Einzelkategorien eine eher verhaltene Gesamtwertung. Das liegt daran, dass die Gesamtwertung den Spielspaßfaktor der Änderungen ausdrücken soll, die durch das AddOn hinzu gekommen sind. Da Fans der Filmproduktion vermutlich vor Begeisterung in die Luft springen, während WiSim Fans enttäuscht in die Röhre gucken, fällt eine Gesamtwertung natürlich schwer. Den Entwicklern ist ein durchaus gutes AddOn gelungen - dass die allseits bekannten Schwächen jedoch derart ignoriert wurden, ist unverständlich. Wer gerne Hobbieregisseur spielt muss zugreifen, alle Anderen warten auf das hoffentlich bessere nächste Addon.
77
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Uiteindelijk brengt het expansiepak diepte in The Movies, en is het een must voor de fans van het origineel. Je kan de expansie perfect gebruiken om nog rijkere, creatievere films te maken. Als het management-aspect van het spel je ding was, zal je merken dat er niet echt veel aan het hart van het spel veranderd of toegevoegd werd. De toevoeging van een stuntexpansie laat je echter toe wat meer spanning in het managen te brengen.
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GameSpot
By seamlessly integrating into The Movies, the Stunts & Effects expansion offers a lot of cool new toys for would-be studio bosses and virtual moviemakers to play with.
74
GameStar (Germany)
Ich bin ein Mensch, der gerne rumprobiert. Deshalb hat mir The Movies mit seinem genialen Filmeditor schon immer viel Spaß gemacht. Gut also, dass mri das Addon noch mehr Möglichkeiten gibt, meine Blockbuster besonders spektakulär zu inszenieren. Darüber hinaus bietet die Erweiterung jedoch kaum etwas Neues: ein paar Gebäude hier, den Stuntman als neuen Beruf da - das war's. Für den nicht gerade kleinen Batzen von 30 Euro hätte ich mehr erwartet, Herr Molyneux!
70
Gamernode
So, while The Movies: Stunts & Effects Expansion Pack offers plenty for the hardcore moviemakers who compose the original release's main fanbase, more casual players will gain little from the expansion pack.
70
1UP
Is it worth 30 bucks? If you're heavily invested in its movie-making tech, or didn't struggle with the late game busywork, the answer is probably, though a 10-dollar shave seems more appropriate since stunt antics add relatively little to the sim game. But park your mouse and some patience in the advanced movie maker and it's bullet squibs over Broadway-on-fire. Stan Winston, eat your heart out.
70
GotNext
Casual admirers of The Movies should be advised to stay far away from this expansion pack. It doesn't add anything that will make you love the game. However, if you're the creative kind of person who loved The Movies, or if you're the kind of person who spends days building a custom film from scratch, then the new tools in this expansion pack are undoubtedly worth twice what Activision is charging. Meanwhile, the rest of us will continue to admire your work while we laugh at footballs hitting old men's crotches.
70
GameSpy
The Movies was one of those games with an idea so perfect you wonder why someone else didn't think of it first: allow players to create and run a movie studio, and then give them the tools to shoot their own films. While it was fun, The Movies was less than perfect, as it only did one of the two aforementioned tasks well. The strategy portion, where you'd create a studio, manage a staff, and try to turn a profit, never really came through well, and was only redeemed by the moviemaking toys, letting you turn your story ideas into almost any movie or TV show you can think of.
40
PC Gamer
Where the original The Movies opened with schmaltzy muzak, the Stunts & Effects expansion pack kicks off with '60s surf rock that sounds like a fantastic lost track by Dick Dale and his Deltones.