How Full Motion Video Games Are Making a Return

When you think about full motion video games in the gaming industry, you normally do not have a lot of positives to add into the list. That is because the genre has somewhat suffered ever since it has tried to come to the mainstream. There are a lot of reasons behind that as well; for starters, the acting is questionable at best, and forced green screen environments never fit in. in addition to that, the overall picture quality is average at best.

However, despite the shortcomings, the past few years have shown us some positivists as far as the live action gaming genre is concerned. We have had games like Her Story, The Late Shift, as well as The Bunker; these games have played an important role in defining the genre, and showing us that there is a lot of potential in this genre as well. In addition to that, these games have managed to blur the line between film making and game development, something that I consider a very impressive task.

However, in order to grasp at the concept of such games, and take a look at the future, the one important thing that we need to understand is the past. Just take Night Trap for example – it was one of the first full motion video games that was created to show the prowess of the genre as well as the technological advancements.

Now another thing that you need to understand here is that there is an entire niche market for story driven games like Her Story; considering how you are not going on epic missions; simplicity is the key. You don’t need some high end, fancy, Nolan-esque film footage to make an FMV game a success. As a matter of fact, the recipe for success in these games is rather simple to grasp at. While it was not the easiest thing to hold on to, the good thing is that is the modern day technology is a lot better than what it used to be.

In the end, it is only the right thing to say that the full motion video games are heading forward. Why are they heading forward? Because the video game developers are finally able to understand that they are not in the look for a market that is going to accept these games readily. As a matter of fact, the good thing is that most developers are already aware of the potential, and the niche that has been created in the market.

Gamers want FMV games more than ever now, and this has been further increased with the release of Her Story, which ended up being one of the most monumental FMV games to ever come out. Also, since FMV was one of the first steps in the right directions, it will actually be interesting to see where the market is heading next, and what does the future of this genre hold — you never know.

Single Player Games Are Not Dead, Says God of War Director

God of War’s triumphant, genre defining success is nothing short of impressive, especially in the overly saturated video game market. Honestly, when is the last time you remember a game being celebrated so much? To jog your memory, it happened nearly 3 years ago with the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, when a game managed to define the RPG genre. Now, it is God of War taking the helm, and this only proves that the single-player genre is not dead.

I know, in a world where multiplayer games like Fortnite, and Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds are defining the gaming industry, it is rather strange to see something a single player game making the waves, but this is not something what we believe in alone. As a matter of fact, Corey Barlog, the man who helmed the direction of God of War also believes the same. In a recent interview with, Corey defended the single player games, and said that the process is like going through ebb and flow, and in order to make a successful single player game, many creative minds come together and start pitching their ideas. According to Barlog, he does not feel like there is a competition between single and multiplayer games, which certainly means that developers can focus on either of the aspects without feeling like they are leaving something behind.

Considering how large and lucrative the video gaming industry is – it is safe to say that both genres can coexist without any issues whatsoever. Then there are games who masterfully blend in the aspects of single player as well as multiplayer – case in point Grand Theft Auto V that provides you with a fun multiplayer, as well as a fun single-player experience.

However, if you still want to understand the importance of single player games in the modern day gaming industry, just take a look games like Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, NieR Automata, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Far Cry 5. While the latter 2 had some sort of online experience, more than 90 percent part of these games were entirely based around single player experience, and they provided some memorable experiences.

The simplest thing that you need to understand here is that as long as there are industry greats like Corey Barlog, and developers like SIE Santa Monica Studio, and CD Projekt Red, the good news is that single player games are going to stay, and stay for a while. This completely debunks the theories or statements in the market that talk about how single player as a genre is slowly dying, because it certainly is not the case here.

The truth is that there is plenty of room for more maturing in the single player genre, and considering the situation, it is only going to go forward. We just have to wait and see how far it ends up going, and how many great games we keep on getting.