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Full Motion Video Classics

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Crusader: No Remorse™

marlowespade's rating:
250

marlowespade says: Not an adventure game, but the production values are suprisingly high, and if the acting is sub-par, they're not exactly delivering Shakespeare anyway. Special mention to Ev Lunning's over-the-top portrayal of Gen. Maxis and Marco Perella's Weasel.

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Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within

marlowespade's rating:
250

marlowespade says: A real script, with real actors! This ranks among the best the FMV genre ever produced, with Dean Erickson (Gabriel) and Peter Lucas (Baron Von Glower) standing out. Staging, music, sets, story - all top-notch. A boffo adventure game.

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Phantasmagoria

marlowespade's rating:
250

marlowespade says: This game has a ton of FMV but nothing interesting to do with any of it - lots of backtracking between the (lovely) photo backdrops, but the game itself is dull, the acting is pretty bad, and the story is as predictable as the alphabet.

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Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh

marlowespade's rating:
250

marlowespade says: An attempt at a more "adult" FMV game, excellent visuals and production too - but the story takes a turn at the corner of 5th and Bonkers at the end, ruining any mystery or interest. Puzzles are on the ridiculous side, even for the adventure gen

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Return to Zork

marlowespade's rating:
250

marlowespade says: Borderline use of FMV - but notable for the older brother from Wonder Years (Jason Hervey) as the Troll King and Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) as the Blind Bowman. Not a great game, but depending on your nostalgia for all things GUE, YMMV. Want some rye?

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Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon

marlowespade's rating:
250

marlowespade says: Makes the leap from digitized actors in MS and Martian Memorandum to FMV here, and the result is a compelling new style of adventure game. Chris Jones (Tex) is serviceable, and Margot Kidder (Waitress) is just looney. Good, but better to come.

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Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive

marlowespade's rating:
250

marlowespade says: The second FMV Tex adventure - and wowsers, this one's a beaut. Right up there with Beast Within, and improves on UAKM in every way. Kevin McCarthy and Barry Corbin are terrific, and Chris Jones got a lot better at acting between this and UAKM.

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Tex Murphy: Overseer

marlowespade's rating:
250

marlowespade says: People were disappointed that the plot of Overseer was just Mean Streets retold, and that's understandable. However, the FMV production values are top-notch here, and if the game feels too much like UAKM and TPD, I'm all for more of a good thing.

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Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands

marlowespade's rating:
250

marlowespade says: It's an adventure game, it's got actors, it's got puzzles... but it ain't Zork. Far too serious and oddly devoid of humor, it's just... there. The FMV is forgettable, the script is bog-standard fantasy hero-ing right down to the 4 elements theme.

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Zork: Grand Inquisitor

marlowespade's rating:
250

marlowespade says: Much better - this time they remembered the humor, and even brought along Dirk Benedict (Antharia Jack, an Indiana Jones parody) and Rip Taylor! Erick Avari steals the show as the Grand Inq, and gets most of the good lines. A good time all round!

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