I have been communicating with Paul for a couple of weeks now and have gotten to know a lot more about Magicland Dizzy and what went into the making of it.
Why I Want to See Another Movies Game From Lionhead
The developers at Lionhead Studios have been working on Fable games since the original The Movies came out. Their work has been commendable, but it’s starting to become expected that everything they work on is Fable related. Fans of Lionhead have been consistently demanding a third installment of Black & White, but here’s why I think there’s a good reason for a new version of The Movies.
First off, the game is no longer considered compatible with new operating systems. This means that special instructions are required to run the game successfully. The game has some clipping issues with the text and there are problems with limited numbers of resolutions being supported. Games, even so-called classics, have sufficient support for future operating systems, but this one drops the ball, having issues on everything since Windows XP.
A reboot or sequel would take advantage of more modern resolutions in the native options, instead of having to work around it in the registry, and would allow improved graphics for the actors. The gameplay was great before, so there wouldn’t be much to change as far as that’s concerned. The game is only lacking sufficient support for new systems, but additions and support for multiplayer would be a welcome addition.
The online feature, which I never really utilized when it was supported, allowed sharing of completed movies. With the development of hobby movie making, especially with YouTube, people may be able to make better use of the game and share their works online, maybe even with a linkup directly to Facebook or YouTube.
The Movies was one of the best business simulator titles I’ve tried. The ability to hire, train, and develop the careers of all the aspects of a movie studio is an intriguing and thoughtful idea that came well before its time. Now that so many people are familiar with the idea of making and sharing movies, the game could be very popular.
The only concern is that if its 84 Metacritic score was “too low” for them to consider a sequel, they’d overlook the IP when considering new projects. The Movies 2 would certainly be bought by myself, especially if it added more social aspects and content.