Lies of P is the latest entry into the Soulslike universe, and it seems like developers Neowiz Games have constructed a solid title that even FromSoftware would be proud of.


Critics are comparing Lies of P to Bloodborne thanks to its dark fantasy themes, tight controls and seamless exploration. The game does have a few issues, but they aren’t glaring to stop any Souslike fan from enjoying it.


Lies of P Review Roundup

Here are some reviews and first-look articles for Lies of P from around the web. At the time of publishing this article, the score for this game was 82 at Opencritic and 81 on Metacritic.

IGN

Lies of P might not branch out particularly far from its soulslike inspiration, but like a marionette controlled by a skilled puppet master, it plays the part extremely well in a wonderfully dark fantasy world. With an awesome weapon crafting system, some really memorable boss fights, and one of the better stories we’ve seen in this genre, I can enthusiastically recommend you spend your time hanging out with Gepetto and friends.

IGN rating: 8/10

PCGamer

Somehow, Lies of P pulls off its gritty Pinocchio retelling, managing the impossibility of incorporating elements from both the folktale and the 1940 film without feeling, y’know, absurd. Even when moments of spotty localization threatened the vibe, Lies of P can achieve an arrestingly creepy tone.

PCGamer ting: 74/100

The SixthAxis

Smooth combat, seamless exploration and a set of well-executed mechanics makes Lies of P an excellent Soulslike. When you add in the gorgeous visuals, desolate world design, stark sound design and engrossing story, it raises the experience above a lot of its contemporaries. All in all, although Lies of P is essentially Bloodborne featuring Timothée Chalamet, it does more than enough to mark itself out as a unique title worth your time – and I’m not lying.

TheSixthAxis rating: 9/10


VG247

There’s some enjoyment to be found in Lies of P. Its action is competent, but lacks the polish and stir of its contemporaries. Its atmosphere can be engrossing, but it’s a hodgepodge of themes and aesthetics you’ve seen before that never rises above the familiar. I was never impressed by it, and I never stopped questioning the point of the entire endeavour throughout my time with it.

VG247 rating: 2/5

Attack of the Fanboy

Lies of P is way better than I ever thought it would be, especially being based on a children’s fairy tale. Any Soulslike fan will love this game due to a combat system that feels incredibly satisfying to master, a high quality of lore, a gripping story that keeps you intrigued, and a surprisingly large amount of upgrade systems.

Attack of the Fanboy rating: 4.5/5

The Jimquistion

I love Lies of P until I don’t, but those less adoring moments are always followed by something that ropes me right back in. A slickly directed, beautifully presented game that takes the absurd concept of marrying Bloodborne to Pinocchio and commits so earnestly that it transcends the silly and just plain works. Difficulty spikes and dodgy pacing undermine it at key points, and some systems aren’t as useful as they should be, but none of that takes away from the high quality and the amount of imagination poured into what could’ve been just another Soulslike.

The Jimquisition rating: 8/10

GameRant

Co-op support like in other Soulslike games would have put Lies of P over the top, but even without it, the game will still greatly appeal to Soulslike fans. And while the writing can be clunky at times, the ending is legitimately wild and worth suffering through the worst bosses to reach. It’s true that Lies of P gives in to some of the worst Soulslike instincts at times, but it can be extremely fun when the combat clicks. Just expect a significant time investment and a lot of frustration before that happens.

GameRant rating: 4/5
Mufaddal Fakhruddin
Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.

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