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  • Summary: Late Shift is a high stakes FMV crime thriller. Forced into a brutal London heist, you must choose your own adventure in this interactive cinematic experience with adaptable storylines that lead to one of seven conclusions. Your decisions are you.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. 85
    Late Shift is an excellent FMV game and a unique point in interactive cinema. It’s a vastly interesting new way to allow the viewer to change the outcome of the movie they are watching, but has the very odd position of trying to sell itself as neither a movie or a game, but at the same time, both. What I am most interested to see is how Late Shift impacts the future of media. It might just be a flash in the pan, but if we end up one day having an Oscar nominated film that is also a Game of the Year contender, I can safely say that Late Shift will be seen as the original piece of interactive cinema that provided the catalyst for that potential combined media future.
  2. Apr 29, 2018
    77
    The story has its weaknesses, but it offers a very thrilling, non-linear experience that shines with great actors and far-reaching decisions.
  3. CD-Action
    Jun 30, 2017
    70
    How you rate Late Shift depends on how you look at it. It has few arguments as a game, but as an interactive live action movie it’s a very interesting phenomenon and it surprised me with how much the story can vary depending on your choices. [07/2017, p.44]
  4. Apr 19, 2017
    60
    Late Shift is a decent FMV title with a cast that puts in a lot of effort to make their characters believable. It’s let down by some glaring plot holes that don’t stand up to scrutiny. There are seven endings, meaning that some of the choices made do matter, while others feel a bit like filler and don’t seem to change anything. The ambition and the actual cinematography is there, but the writing really needs some improvement to push Late Shift toward greatness.
  5. Apr 26, 2017
    60
    Interactive movies are tricky to pull off and Late Shift isn't exactly the second coming of Christ as far as the genre is concerned. Its story is interesting, but unfortunately... so are its many plot holes.
  6. 60
    Late Shift is an interesting mix of game and movie that seems caught between two stalls. Whilst the movie is shot nicely and the plot is enjoyable, operating Matt as a blank canvas stifles some of the acting on offer. It’s an intriguing idea that doesn’t impact as it should. If nothing else, this is an admirable, ambitious curiosity that may pave the way for something better.
  7. Apr 18, 2017
    40
    If you really boil it down, Late Shift is a movie with a plot that you can alter. Sadly, that plot isn't very good. Gameplay is minimal, and where The Bunker struck a decent balance, the lack of interaction here only serves to make the experience more of a slog. This can only be described as a complete disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Apr 30, 2017
    8
    I really liked the format, great direction, over 20 hours of good production filming level, the story is interesting, the graphics are justI really liked the format, great direction, over 20 hours of good production filming level, the story is interesting, the graphics are just great, and good replayability for easy trophies, It would be a great option at a lower price, really enjoyed mit. Expand
  2. Apr 29, 2017
    8
    LATE SHIFT is an intriguing cinematic gaming experience. In the similar style of Tell Tale games, but instead of animation, you have a movieLATE SHIFT is an intriguing cinematic gaming experience. In the similar style of Tell Tale games, but instead of animation, you have a movie that has seven different endings depending on the choices you make (decisions have to be made within seconds).

    I've played it straight through twice and got two totally different endings. A number of scenes are the same, but in some places, a different choice opens a doorway to a new scene. Highly recommended, especially if you enjoy playing Tell Tale games like THE WOLF AMONG US and THE WALKING DEAD series.
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  3. Apr 19, 2017
    8
    I enjoyed that film a lot. Good bright picture, interesting story, good actor work.
    A bit short, but I played twice and probably will do it
    I enjoyed that film a lot. Good bright picture, interesting story, good actor work.
    A bit short, but I played twice and probably will do it again after some time. Could not hold my self from reading all endings and story branches. In my opinion this film is quite clever, there are interesting ideas. I hope more such projects come on market.
    But keep in mind, I like a lot interactive movie games. For me this experience was nearly good to Quantic Dream games, but of course much shorter.
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  4. May 11, 2017
    8
    It's not a big game. But it is an interesting game, something of an embryo. I believe the future of this type of hybrid between a movie and aIt's not a big game. But it is an interesting game, something of an embryo. I believe the future of this type of hybrid between a movie and a game is the way of the future. It deserves a second look Expand
  5. Jun 27, 2019
    8
    Good interactive cinema. In 4-5 hours platinum, one of the simplest is easily beaten out. A game leans completely on a plot which simple butGood interactive cinema. In 4-5 hours platinum, one of the simplest is easily beaten out. A game leans completely on a plot which simple but fascinating. 7 endings which not strongly differ from each other, reducing the actual quantity of endings up to 3. I recommend to get acquainted with this movie. Expand
  6. Apr 18, 2017
    8
    very good stoty, many endings.. good choices ! Try it
    Quick time event choices really chance the story and the visiting aeras. Good actors
    2
    very good stoty, many endings.. good choices ! Try it
    Quick time event choices really chance the story and the visiting aeras. Good actors
    2 hours and half for one way in the story, with not the good ending.. too short but i have try another session.
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  7. Mar 4, 2019
    2
    Usually I like these type of games, but this one was extremely 'meh'. The acting was mediocre, the plot wasn't very original, and the worstUsually I like these type of games, but this one was extremely 'meh'. The acting was mediocre, the plot wasn't very original, and the worst part of all is if that you screw up and die, there is no loading point therefore you have to start from the very beginning, again. An extremely limited game, this seems like more of a prototype or rough draft than an actual finished product. Expand

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