1The Best FMV Games on PC, PS4 and Xbox One
This list was first published in 2017 and has been kept updated with new titles since.
FMV games – that’s full motion video games – have seen something of a resurgence in recent years
Games that replace animated cutscenes, 3D visuals or pixelated graphics with real-life camera footage, FMV games are nothing new; they’ve been around since the 1980s in some form or another.
The earliest FMV games go back as far as 1983, where the technology started popping up in arcade games. SEGA’s Astron Belt and Thayer’s Quest from RDI Video Systems are two early examples, both utilising laserdisc technology to play video footage rather than in-game graphics.
One of the most notable examples is Night Trap, a game released on Sega CD in 1992. An interactive movie (as many FMV games are), Night Trap sees you take the role of a special agent overseeing a group of teenage girls spending the night in a house full of traps. It’s over-the-top and cheesy, thoroughly in B-movie territory, but that’s exactly what made Night Trap become something of a cult hit – and that’s why FMV games are still popular today.
With only a smattering being released throughout the 90s and 2000s, the market for FMV games is small, and only indie studios have tackled them so far. But over the last couple of years, there’s been a resurgence in the medium; a number of titles have found success in a niche market, and so have inspired other developers to follow suit.
Over the next several pages we’ll be looking at some of the best FMV games from the last couple of years. If you’re interested in the interactive movie genre of video games, I heartily encourage you to seek out each of these games; they each have something special to offer the artform, and they all come recommended by us.