The Best Indie FMV Games Out Right Now
FMV, an abbreviation for full motion video, intertwines gameplay with live action movie footage. It’s a strange concept, but it has made a resurgence with super compelling gameplay over the last few years. Here are some FMV games I would recommend you check out!
From the creator of Her Story (haven’t played it yet but heard it’s fantastic), is 2019’s Telling Lies, which has the player going through confidential NSA video files to figure out what happened to an undercover agent and the people around him. Logan Marshall-Green, Alexandra Shipp, Kerry Bishé and Angela Sarafyan all give amazing performances as it truly feels you are peeking into these characters’ lives. It feels incredibly real and took me by surprise by how emotional I got. The main mechanic is to find keywords in what they are saying and search them on the computer. As you go further in, you’ll find out more and more as the plot unravels itself.
App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/telling-lies/id1261458837
Contradiction: Spot The Liar!
A murder in the village? A crooked organization? Suspicious population? Inspector Jenks is on the job! This game developed by Baggy Cat knows the tone it’s going for and runs with it, and I, for one, love it. It has a fascinating storyline, quirky characters, and a fun investigatory mechanic, in which you have to find contradictions in what your interviewee has said. You also have to go around the town to find clues to ask the villagers about. I’m left craving a sequel almost five years later! Please put Inspector Jenks back on the case!
App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/contradiction/id953844528
Amazon Fire TV: https://www.amazon.com/Baggy-Cat-Ltd-Contradiction/dp/B06W58CCJK/ref=sr_1_1?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1487672506&sr=1-1&keywords=contradiction
The Shapeshifting Detective
In The Shapeshifting Detective, you also play as a detective, but in this case as a different lifeform. The twist is that you’re a shapeshifter and can assume the bodies of each character in the game, allowing the player to fool the suspects that they’re talking to someone else. It’s a mechanic that works in spades and depending on what you say or do, it can drastically change a playthrough. For example, you can put someone in jail, if you say the wrong things. Each playthrough is randomized between three different suspects, and the trophies/achievements challenge you to find every scenario. And like the previous two, I found the performances great all around and the writing had some cool twists here and there. I loved the game so much that I achieved the Platinum trophy!
PlayStation Store: https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP4459-CUSA13746_00-SHAPESHIFTINGPRE
Imagine all the pressure an influencer must go through: the negative comments, the desperate strive to remain relevant, and having almost everything about you public. Simulacra 2 tells the story of Maya, who died mysteriously, and you must figure out what happened to her by investigating her phone. The tale goes from strange to weird as horror seeps into the narrative and the gameplay. The game plays with your expectations as you try to figure out who is behind Maya’s death. SipReadRepeat’s Chris Z also said in his review of the game that he found it slick and well polished, and I agree. I played this on my phone, and it looked realistic. Check this one out!
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en&id=com.kaigan.simulacra2
What do you think are the best FMV games out there? Let us know! I would love to play them!
Ever since playing Sonic the Hedgehog on the SEGA Mega Drive (that’s right, Americans!), Chris has had a love of the gaming medium. He may write too much about Kingdom Hearts, but he also likes to play first person shooters, platformers, Japanese RPGs, walking experiences, and more! You can check him out on the Active Quest podcast every week with Joseph Yaden and Josh Nichols.