90's Nostalgia: 6 FMV Games To Play

I remember playing my first FMV game and being so immersed and loving the choice based outcomes to my decisions. I feel in love with the genre but it never really took off! If you don't know, FMV (Full Motion Video) games were a genre that emerged in the 1990s. These games combined live-action video footage with interactive gameplay, creating an immersive and cinematic experience for players. 

Top 5 Must-Play FMV Horror Games of the 90s:

Night Trap is one of the most well known FMV games
One of the most well known FMV games

Night Trap: The Controversial Classic 

This game has caused quite a stir due to its graphic content and the portrayal of violence against women. But it is just a game! The premise of the game is that a group of young women are staying at a secluded house, which is being targeted by vampire-like creatures. 

As the player, you must use surveillance cameras strategically placed around the house to monitor the girls and protect them from danger. The game is intense and requires quick thinking and strategic planning to keep the girls safe. 

Despite the controversy, the game has gained a cult following among horror game enthusiasts who enjoy the adrenaline rush of protecting the girls from danger. [Night Trap Trailer]

Phantasmagoria was another controversial FMV game of the 90's
The game that got me into FMV

Phantasmagoria: A Groundbreaking Game 

Players take on the role of Adrienne, a brave woman who ventures into a haunted mansion to uncover its dark secrets. As they navigate through the eerie corridors and rooms of the mansion, players will encounter live-action actors who bring the terrifying atmosphere to life. 

The game is not for the faint-hearted, as it features intense scenes of violence and gore.  Will you be able to survive the horrors that await you in this haunted mansion? The game spawned a sequel as well called A Puzzle Of Flesh. [Phantasmagoria Trailer]

7th Guest is a puzzling FMV game
I remember getting annoyed at some of the puzzles in this game

The 7th Guest: A Haunting Puzzle Game 

The game takes place in a mansion that seems to be haunted by the ghosts of its past. As players navigate through the various rooms and hallways, they are tasked with solving a series of intricate puzzles that require them to use their critical thinking skills and logic. 

Along the way, they uncover clues and information about the previous owner of the house, a reclusive and enigmatic figure who left behind a trail of secrets and mysteries. The game is enhanced by full-motion video cutscenes that bring the story to life. [7th Guest Trailer]

Harvester was an unsettling and controversial FMV game
Harvester was a very controversial game

Harvester: A Twisted Tale of Horror 

"Harvester" is a disturbing and twisted FMV horror game that explores dark themes and psychological horror. Players take on the role of a young man who wakes up in a strange town and must uncover the truth behind its sinister secrets. With its shocking content and unsettling atmosphere, "Harvester" is not for the faint of heart but is a must-play for fans of psychological horror. [Harvester Trailer]

Ripper had one of the best casts of any game
Christopher Walken! What more do you want?

Ripper: A Star-Studded Thriller 

"Ripper" is an FMV horror game that features a star-studded cast, including Christopher Walken and Karen Allen. Players take on the role of a detective trying to solve a series of murders inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

As players delve deeper into the case, they must navigate through multiple storylines and branching paths to uncover the truth behind the killer's motives and identity byiecing together clues and solving puzzles to ultimately bring The Ripper to justice. This game is a must-play for anyone who loves a good mystery and enjoys being fully immersed in a rich and complex storyline. [Ripper Trailer]

Become a detective in Contradiction game
Probably my favourite FMV game of all time

Contradiction: Spot The Liar

In this interactive murder mystery game, players get to step into the shoes of Detective Inspector Jenks, a seasoned investigator with a sharp mind and an eye for detail. The game takes place in a quaint English village, where the peaceful atmosphere is shattered by the sudden and suspicious death of a young woman. 

Players must use their investigative skills to gather clues, interview suspects, and solve the case. With twists and turns at every corner, players must stay alert and focused to uncover the truth behind this mysterious death. Will you be able to crack the case and bring the killer to justice? Play now to find out! [Contradiction Trailer]

The Legacy of FMV Horror Games in Modern Gaming:

FMV games had a significant impact on modern gaming, particularly in the horror genre. The use of realistic visuals and immersive storytelling introduced by FMV games has become a standard in many modern horror games. Games like "Until Dawn" and "The Dark Pictures Anthology" draw heavily from the FMV genre, offering players a cinematic and interactive horror experience.

FMV games also paved the way for other interactive movie genres, such as interactive dramas and interactive thrillers. Games like "Heavy Rain" and "Detroit: Become Human" take the interactive storytelling elements introduced by FMV games and apply them to different genres, creating immersive gaming experiences still to this day! 

Also check out 14 of the best horror games to play in the dark.

Anyone else remember the FMV games and have any favourites not on the list?

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