[PS4] Last Day of June Review
Last Day of June from Ovosonico and 505 Games is a very charming and unique feeling tale you have to experience on PS4. Read our Last Day of June review to find out why!
You’ll start the game with Carl and June at their favorite spot in what seems like a very romantic date, until you realize what the name of the game is suggesting. You’re about to experience the last day of June’s life. But what if there was a way for you to save her? You’ll get a chance to experience a sequence of events that might hold the key to save the one you love.
After the short intro sequence, you’ll get a chance to control June as she prepares a surprise for Carl. You’ll probably know what this is after you play the first handful of minutes in the game. Once she finished that, it is time to control Carl once again as you search for June around the couple’s lovely home. It is then that June suggests they both go to their favorite spot to have a picnic. And then, then the wheels of destiny are set into motion.
It is hard to talk about Last Day of June without ruining things for all of you because it’s a short game that you definitely have to experience on your own. Talking any more about the sequences that follow or how exactly you’ll interact with the story would end up spoiling the game, and that would be a shame as the team did some outstanding work on this PlayStation 4 release. Memories play a big part in this, but that’s all I’ll say!
But what I will mention is that the character design, with everyone missing their eyes, and the overall art style and color palette, reminded me of Tim Burton’s work, which is never a bad thing. I had the same vibes back when I reviewed Murasaki Baby on PlayStation Vita, which makes sense since both games were developed by the same team. While Murasaki Baby had hand-drawn characters and an overall dark look, Last Day of June is in full 3D with charming doll-like characters that wouldn’t look out of place in a stop-motion film.
The game features 21 trophies in total, with no Platinum trophy in sight. This is a tad disappointing since there’s certainly a lot to do and experience in the game as to warrant a Platinum, but in the end, this is not a deal-breaker. You’ll need to complete some specific actions to unlock a handful of the trophies, others will be awarded from progressing in the story, while the last set will be yours as long as you manage to find all the memories. You do need to be aware that there are some missable trophies in the mix which will require that you replay the game for some cleanup.
Last Day of June is a cinematic game in which not a single word is spoken. It is a meticulously hand-crafted experience with a very colorful and charming look that will grab your attention from the moment the title screen pops up. It is a tale of love and loss that will keep you coming back for more until the end, and one of the best games on PlayStation 4.
This Last Day of June review is based on a PS4 copy provided by 505 Games.