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[PlayStation 4] The Gallery Review

[PlayStation 4] The Gallery Review
  • On October 17, 2022

The Gallery from Aviary Films is a full-motion video game in which you’ll experience a storyline in two different eras. Learn more in our The Gallery review!


The Gallery from Aviary Films is a full-motion video game in which you’ll experience a storyline in two different eras. The overall story and premise are the same in both eras: an art curator is being held hostage by a portraitist who is threatening to detonate a bomb unless their demands are met. The story is set in Britain during periods of much social-political unrest, with both moments sharing some elements. The cast includes Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia), George Blagden (Vikings), Rebecca Root (Boy Meets World), Kara Tointon (EastEnders), Richard Fleeshman (Coronation Street), Fehinti Balogun (The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself), and Shannon Tarbet (Killing Eve).

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There are two interactive narratives to choose from. One is set in 1981 and features a female protagonist, while the other one is set in 2021 and features a male protagonist. Since this is a full-motion video experience, you’ll be taking in all of the dialogue and each story twists as it happens, with some key moments during which you’ll need to select between the available options at the bottom of the screen. Because of this, your interaction with the game will only require you to press left or right on the D-Pad and then push the X button to mark your choice. To pause the action, just press the Circle button.


As you explore the game’s story, you’ll be selecting between 150 decision paths, which will end up leading you to one of the 18 different endings. The choices you make along the way will affect your relationships, which will change how the story develops. There will also be tracking of the success/fail ratio for sub-plots with supporting characters. Because of everything that is riding on the choices you make, you can play the game with Timed Choices with the pressure of any mistakes weighing strongly on your future or with Paused Choices so that you can take your time to evaluate what needs to be done.

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Since you’re going to be playing through the game’s main story twice, talking about the game’s plot twists and story beats for The Gallery would completely spoil the story. What I will mention is that the story gets going when Morgan, who is preparing for what could be a huge presentation at the gallery, is held hostage by Dorian, a portraitist who manages to enter the building, even though Morgan is pretty sure about having locked down the premises since they were closing down early to prepare for the exhibit.


The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. The list includes 8 Bronze trophies, 16 Silver trophies, and 5 Gold trophies. Since there are many story paths to take and 18 different endings, you’ll have to replay the two stories – 1981 and 2021 – more than once. Choices have consequences, and they will lead you down to different plots for the story. Once you’ve finished the story in each era once, you’ll be able to press the R1 button during subsequent runs to skip the scenes you’ve already seen in order to speed up your Platinum run. If you need some extra help, you can check out this The Gallery Trophy Guide.

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As someone who enjoys full-motion video games, I was looking forward to checking out The Gallery on PlayStation 4. It features an interesting story – both in its 1981 and 2021 versions – with solid performances from its cast, as well as replay value thanks to the more than 150 branching choices and the 18 different endings. If you’re a fan of FMV releases, then you’re going to enjoy what The Gallery has to offer. The Gallery is out on PlayStation 4 with a $14.99 asking price.

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This The Gallery review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Aviary Films.

Review Overview

A solid FMV experience on PlayStation 4