Excerpt: I really wanted Lair to be good. Not only is the PS3 in desperate need of a strong exclusive title, but I've long been a fan of Factor 5, the developers behind the Rogue Squadron series. The fact that the game features dragons and looks stunning only make it that much more exciting. But, then I played the game and well... read on. Giving Lair its due, it is a great looking game.
Conclusion: I wanted to enjoy Lair; truly I did. This was one of the reasons I wanted the console in the first place apart from my appreciation of Sony's past hardware. Unfortunately a game lives and dies through its gameplay and while I appreciate the ingenuity behind the SIXAXIS control it simply doesn't respond. Your time with Lair will become an exercise in frustration as you destroy everything but what you wanted to and flail your arms about like a drunken orangutan.
Summary: Playing as a warrior riding a voracious dragon trained for deadly aerial and ground combat, and capable of scorching, clawing and smashing thousands of enemies, gamers must defeat countless armies to save a civilization. Together, the gamer and the beast will attempt to change the destiny of a world on the brink of extinction.
Excerpt: Originally slated as a launch game for the PS3, Lair has been a long time coming. After multiple delays, the dragon-based flight game is finally ready for fantasy fans eager to rain fire from the skies and munch on enemy soldiers. But is this the thrilling masterpiece players have been waiting for or has this beast bitten off more than it can chew? Lair tells the story of a world with shrinking resources, ravaged by volcanoes and war.
Conclusion: This was an extremely tough review to write, as you can likely observe by reading it. Lair was one of the most hyped PS3 titles for the holiday season and for it to have so many issues really boggles the mind. It’s very unusual for a game of this magnitude to turn out like this, but we believe this has a lot to do with Factor 5’s reluctance to add in full analog support.
Conclusion: If you’ve never played Star Wars Rogue Squadron though, and thus are immune to the obscene amounts of déjà vu I got from this game, I’ll admit that there is a chance you may like Lair, which is why I suggest PS3 owners at least rent the game to see where they stand on it.
Summary: When I think of dragons, I think of huge creatures with demonic like eyes and fire breathing breath – not to mention their huge wing span and scaled skin. I guess this picture game from films and novels such as Eragon (which was awful) and even Lord of the Rings, with those dragon-like creatures that flew about carrying the bad guys. For some reason, whenever I think of dragons now, I think of Lair. Sadly though, not in a good way.
Pros: Good storyline with some great voice acting, Some elements work well such as land battles, Cut-scenes look great
Cons: Bulky, unresponsive SIXAXIS control scheme, Shoddy graphics in places, More frustration than enjoyment