The ‘90s was an amazing decade for video games with cartridge-based consoles like the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Nintendo 64 dominating the era. The decade also saw the introduction of several game systems based on CD-ROM technology although pretty much all of them except Sony’s PlayStation were a flop.
Optical-based consoles like the 3DO and the Sega CD brought full motion video (FMV) home but unfortunately, the implementations were mostly terrible and the technology was too expensive. As a result, FMV fell out of favor for many years and has really only seen a rival lately with the success of Her Story.
Along those lines comes Late Shift, a choose-your-own-adventure movie / video game that quietly arrived last year from the author of the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film. Now, the curious offering is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In Late Shift, you play the role of Matt, a student that somehow gets involved in the robbery of a lucrative auction house. The decisions you’ll have to make start out innocently enough but as the film progresses, you’re tasked with making major moves that affect how things play out.
There are 180 total decisions to be made that can lead to one of seven possible endings spanning some four hours of footage. The trailer looks a little cheesy but the concept seems far more viable in this day and age than it did a couple of decades ago.
Look for Late Shift to arrive next month priced at $12.49.