Lies of P Review

No Strings Attached in This Dark Retelling

Mason Moeller

9/19/20231 min read

In the vast expanse of soulslike titles, "Lies of P" emerges not as a mere echo of FromSoftware's legacy but as a standout experience, bearing both homage to its predecessors and audacious originality.

"Lies of P" is an immersive experience, drawing players into a world that borrows heavily from the haunting charm of Bloodborne. The gothic Victorian alleyways and the desolate shopping districts bear witness to the game's meticulous world-building. The graphics, especially on high-end setups like the RTX 3090 TI, are a testament to the game's technical prowess, capturing every nuance of the game's intricate environments.

Where the game truly shines is in its combat mechanics. Familiar to veterans yet invigoratingly fresh, the game seamlessly marries the aggressive essence of Bloodborne with the precision-based parrying approach of Sekiro. Combat is a dance of danger and strategy. The introduction of a novel weapon system, where players can innovate with blades and hilts, adds depth and variety to confrontations. The durability mechanic further layers the strategy, pushing players to think, adapt, and conquer.

Yet, challenges abound. While most of the game offers a balanced difficulty curve, there are moments, especially with certain bosses, where the scale might tip to the extreme. These spikes in challenge, though exhilarating for some, might come off as rigid to others, especially when the game limits flexibility in character builds.

Narratively, "Lies of P" ventures into the bleak shadows of Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio. This tale is not one of innocence but a somber and intense reinterpretation. It weaves a narrative filled with unexpected turns and characters that remain etched in memory.

While some critics might point out the game's linearity or occasional unevenness in difficulty, it's hard to overlook the effort and ingenuity that Round 8 Studio has poured into this title. For a studio navigating the soulslike genre for the first time, "Lies of P" stands as a testament to their potential.

In conclusion, "Lies of P" is more than just another addition to the soulslike genre. It's a captivating journey that draws from the best, innovates, and delivers an experience that resonates with both newcomers and purists. As the credits roll, players are left with a sense of satisfaction and anticipation for what Round 8 Studio might offer next.