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[PS4 FMV Game] Late Shift Review -

[PS4 FMV Game] Late Shift Review

Late Shift is a Full Motion Video (FMV) release on the PlayStation 4. Full Motion Videogames aren’t very common nowadays, but they did have a sort of boom way back in the day when CD-based systems were introduced. What is an FMV video game you ask? Think of it as a proper movie, with real people taking on the role of main characters and NPC, in which you can select a few different dialogue options that will lead to one of many story branches, in a way similar to what we can nowadays expect in a release from Telltale Games. Read below to see what we think of this game in our Late Shift review!


After being forced into the robbery of a lucrative auction house, mathematics student Matt is left proving his innocence in the brutal London heist. Your choices will have consequences from the very start, right through to the very end. One small decision could change the entire outcome in a choose-your-own-adventure style gameplay that can lead to one of seven conclusions.

Late Shift Trailer

Late Shift is an interactive movie featuring some branching events. You will often be prompted to select an answer to the different situations you’ll face throughout the movie. It’s quite similar in form to the Telltale Games releases, except this time the story is more mature and violent than what we’re used to playing. The story is good, as a whole, and revolves around a London heist into which the main character gets dragged. How will it go? You’ll have to play this release to see for yourself!

The actors were great to follow, and the acting was good. Due to the choices I made, my run lasted a little more than 1 hour and change, so it’s relatively short if. It technically requires seven full runs to get the Platinum, but if you do some googling you might find a guide to help you secure the Platinum trophy in a little less time with the clever use of your save file.


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About the game presentation, it is an HD movie, so it looks great on PlayStation 4. The background music is moody but what was weird is that volume was not properly balanced between the voiced scenes and the background themes. There is no option to change things in the mix, so I was a bit disappointed about that.

The game saves at the end of each chapter (each one lasting roughly 5-7 minutes), so even if you leave the game. You won’t have to restart very far behind when you pick it up to continue. Also, since it doesn’t use a 3D engine, this game has virtually no loading! You can also play it flawlessly on Vita thanks to remote play since you only use the D-Pad to select an answer and the X button to confirm it.

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Final Thoughts
Late Shift is an interesting release with a solid story. This being an FMV video game, you’ll basically be interacting with a movie that plays on its own for most of the time. The game is only $12 which, considering the cost of a movie ticket these days, ain’t bad. There is also a Platinum trophy at the end of the road once you’ve experienced every story branch and unlocked all endings.



Cost: $12.49

PSN Game Size: 7.5GB

This Late Shift review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Wales Interactive.

Review Overview

Interesting and short experience with seven endings.