The Late Shift is a totally different game then I have ever played before. I have done a story or choose your own adventure games, but never a cinematic experience. I had to even look up if this was like a whole genre or something, and it is. It is called a full-motion video (FMV). Learn something new every day!
The game is very well done in the acting and video quality. I had to look up the main character, Joe Sowerbutts, after my first playthrough. I thought he did a great job and wouldn’t mind seeing him in some actual motion picture movies.
The gameplay is incredibly simple. You watch a scene, and at pivotal points, a prompt will come up on your screen, and you pick the one you want. The “movie” continues based on your choice. I am very impressed with how non-intrusive the prompts are. They don’t come so often that you feel like you are not getting enough to watch and come at times that are totally logical that the viewer would already be wondering which way the character would decide.
The story is the game, so I will not go into it or the choices. Sorry! You will just have to try your hand at creating your story.
It doesn’t take very long to get through a playthrough of the game. However, there are multiple endings based on choices, so there is a reason to play again. And while I loved the story, the actors, and wish it was a real movie, the game isn’t a very long even with the other playthroughs. It does make me slightly sad when you can see the limitations of a game so early when playing it.
I ended up getting this game as part of a Humble Bundle. I wouldn’t have bought this game just flipping through lists on Humble or Steam. However, knowing what I know now and knowing how much just going to the actual movies this day costs, I would totally repurchase this game.
Game: Late Shift
Publisher: Wales Interactive
Initial Release Date: April 18, 2017
Knowing what I know now, would I repurchase it? Yes, cheaper than the real movies!