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Preview: You’re In The Movies

Lights. Camera. Action. You’re In The Movies looks set to be the breakthrough into the casual market for the Xbox 360. Developed by Zoe Mode and published by Codemasters, the game plays similarly to how the PlayStation’s Eye Toy works with an additional feature. Players participate in numerous mini-games and that footage is then compiled into a short movie.

Similarly to Lips, You’re In The Movies was a surprise announcement at E3 2008.  Shane Kim introduced the game and brought along Microsoft’s Don Mattrick, John Schappert, and Genevieve Walter to play the game in a living room-like setting on stage. The three guests played through a mini-game each before watching their short movie.

You’re In The Movies is one of the only Xbox 360 titles to fully use the Xbox Live Vision Camera. Players stand in front of the camera and move their body and arms around in order to complete the required task.  Many other games have gone down the same route such as TotemBall – a free Xbox Live Arcade title which many dread to speak of – and Rayman: Raving Rabbids (despite providing a controller alternative). With Microsoft increasing their focus on the casual market this Christmas, You’re In The Movies couldn’t release at a better time.

One of the confirmed game modes for You’re In The Movies is ‘Director Mode’ in which players can cut a trailer for the recently made movie. Not much more is known of Director Mode though judging by the game’s family-friendly appeal, it may not be one to take too seriously.

Other game modes include Single Player and Multiplayer (supporting up to four players online and locally). Since the game’s announcement, not many details have been unveiled with the excpetion of the game’s achievements.

The game’s achievements have given us an insight to what to expect from You’re In The Movies. There will be five genres: Action, Classic, Disaster, Horror and Sci-Fi with six movies appearing in each genre. There appears to be six set locations for the mini-games. They are: City, Countryside, Desert Island, Dojo, Fairground and Studio. The achievements also reveal a fair few mini-games, so it is definitely worth a look.

You’re In The Movies is released on Friday, November 28th, 2008. This may be one for the young-uns this Christmas or possibly even a rental. Whether the game has the replayability element is a major factor in this game’s success. That’s a wrap.

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