Lies of P Review (Steam)

For this Lies of P Review, we play a thrilling soulslike that takes the story of Pinocchio, turns it on its head, and sets it against the darkly elegant backdrop of the Belle Epoque era. You are a puppet created by Geppetto who’s caught in a web of lies with unimaginable monsters and untrustworthy figures standing between you and the events that have befallen the world of Lies of P.

Lies of P Review Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • HDR support.
  • Graphics settings – screen mode, resolution, max frame limit, v-sync, brightness, AMD FidelityFX super-resolution 2, AMD FidelityFX resolution 2 sharpness, AMD FidelityFX CACAO, Nvidia DLSS, Nvidia DLSS sharpness, and graphics quality preset.
  • Advanced graphics settings – visibility, anti-aliasing, post-processing, shadows, texture, effects, vegetation, shading, reflection, volumetric fog, ambient occlusion, and anisotropy filter quality.
  • Controller settings – vibration, sensitivity sliders, and rebind buttons.
  • Keyboard and mouse settings – mouse sensitivity slider, and rebind keyboard buttons.
  • Gameplay settings – HUD, blood, motion blur, guide, adjust attack direction, Switch to auto lock, lock on distance degree, subtitles, and language.
  • Camera settings – adjust the inclined surface camera, reset camera position, camera shake, Invert axis, movement speed sliders, mouse Invert axis, and mouse movement speed slider.
  • Soulslike gameplay.
  • Amazing looking in-game cutscenes.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • Three combat styles – the path of the cricket (balance), the path of the bastard (dexterity), and the path of the sweeper (strength). You have to choose one and you can view stats before choosing.
  • A full 3D world with 360-degree camera control.
  • Such a fascinating-looking world.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Powerful and memorable soundtrack.
  • Pulse Cell is the name of the item you use to heal up.
  • A creepy yet inviting sense of adventure.
  • The game doesn’t pause.
  • Familiar controls especially if you have played any Dark Soul games.
  • Stamina-based system for running, attacking, and blocking.
  • Enemies can drop loot.
  • Breakable objects within the world.
  • Lock on feature is powerful and clear from showing who’s locked on to switching targets.
  • Your character gets dirty and bloody as you fight.
  • Guard/blocking system – block successfully to take reduced damage and lose stamina. Guard regain starts to build and once full you kill enemies for health.
  • Perfect guard negates damage and lets you stagger the enemy.
  • Fatal attacks can be done from the rear and kill enemies instantly, oh and it looks badass. You can also do fatal attacks against staggered enemies.
  • The world is so vast so of course you can find and unlock shortcuts or alternative routes.
  • Stargazers are your bonfires from Souls, you build these and they heal you, get used as a respawn point and it also respawns all enemies.
  • Level up and sort out storage when you interact with a stargazer.
  • Ergo is the material that enemies drop and is used to level up.
  • Fable arts – weapons are unique with unique blades/handles and you charge fable slots by fighting enemies, then you cast powerful fable attacks.
  • Fury attacks are when an enemy becomes red, he does strong attacks and you can’t dodge or guard only perfect guard.
  • Buy and sell items with the traveling vendor.
  • Uses the weight system so every item has a weight and you can only carry X amount before you are encumbered, until that you make your rolling slower.
  • Fantastic art from the posters to the newspapers and notes.
  • Ergo drops where you died and you have one life to get it back, except in boss fights, any dropped Ergo is at the entrance.
  • The game does use save and quit.
  • Nails the feeling of satisfaction you get from beating a boss.
  • Possible to just farm areas for Ergo.
  • Ergo fragments can be broken in multiples and grant X amount of Ergo.
  • Legion atm is your left arm and can be equipped with weapons and modifications.
  • Venigni craft machines let you tweak and edit your Legion arm.
  • Moonstone is a resource used at workshops to upgrade your weapons.
  • Eugenic cranks is a resource used to alter weapon handles, you can even get a balanced crank to reset handles.
  • Hotel Krat is your sanctuary and is a place full of wonder it looks incredible.
  • The first attachment you get for your Legion arm is a puppet string contraption where you can grab enemies and bring them to you.
  • You can have two weapons equipped at a time with a d-pad input to swap.
  • Your quick access belt also has an additional bag for quick use of more items.
  • Ergo is what actually powers the enemies and creatures of the world.
  • When you die you get told how much Ergo you dropped.
  • A massive world.
  • You can fast-travel between unlocked Stargazers.
  • Sophia found in the Krat is the person who levels you up.
  • Gemini is your puppet guide through the game.
  • Gestures can be put into your quick-access menus.
  • Collectible items like posters and books.
  • Dimensional butterflies randomly appear and try to escape, kill them for resources and materials. (in Souls speak it’s a Crystal Lizard)
  • Mini boss-like encounters that once you beat them, they don’t respawn.
  • The game performance is smooth.
  • Fighting groups are fluid as they effortlessly jump between enemies.
  • A game where you personally feel like you are getting better.
  • So many secrets to find.
  • The story is really good and so well told through conversations and cutscenes.
  • Memorable characters.
  • Does a”Resident Evil bit” woof woof?
  • Jump scares in places.
  • The main story is always pushing ahead but you can find optional side missions and events to take part in.
  • Find records and play them back in the Hotel Krat lobby.
  • Weapon assembly allows you to seperate the blade and handle so you can mix and match enabling you to create your playstyle abilities.
  • After every roadblock of getting stuck in a fight or losing your way, the game just rewards your perseverance.
  • Combat is where you need to learn patterns, take opportunities, and pick your battles.
  • Specter – before some boss rooms you can use a sra fragment (upgrade resource) to summon an Ai specter to help you.
  • If you have an item needed for a side mission, its location on the Stargazer menu will show an icon.
  • Listening to records will increase your humanity.
  • Multiple choice encounters.
  • Weapons have durability that affects their damage output. You can replenish durability with items.
  • Environmental hazards can be triggered that hurt you and your enemies but can be used to get the upper hand.
  • Jaw-dropping set pieces.
  • P Organ is a skill tree-like system where you put quartz into slots and synergize them for new abilities.
  • As you progress more rooms in The Krat open up.
  • The abilities in the P organ are game-changers in so many ways.
  • Telephones can be found ringing and answering the is a caller telling riddles and answering the correctly gets you a reward.
  • You can freely dissemble and reassemble weapon parts so you can always try new builds.
  • The building of weapons is a really cool idea and very innovative.
  • It gets very addictive to build weapons, find secrets, and just explore.
  • The game splits areas and the story up into acts/chapters.
  • I am constantly surprised at how the game world unfolds.
  • Each area seems to be better than the last one.
  • For me personally, it’s a game that has the difficulty and challenge you want but I a way that you can still progress and not get stuck against a brick wall. There is always a way past.
  • Has the combat speed of a Sekiro or Bloodborne but the exploration of a Demon/Dark Souls game.
  • It pays to always visit people in the hotel as the game is not forthcoming with unlocks or rewards and you don’t know until they give it to you.
  • At times if you talk with someone but the action needs to be done elsewhere, it will teleport you there.
  • You can walk around with your block animation up but you move a lot slower.
  • Alter and adapt handles with cranks for improving motivity, technique, and advance.
  • Unlock the ability to craft and upgrade your Legion arm.

Lies of P Review Cons:

  • The game doesn’t pause.
  • No benchmark test option.
  • Very difficult.
  • The window to do fatal attacks is small.
  • Fatal attack on enemies from the rear is brutal to pull off.
  • A lot to take in especially if you have not played a Souls game before.
  • You don’t get much help with guidance so you can spend ages just walking around.
  • Until you spec up and level it can be really tricky to attack and dodge fast like you would in a Bloodborne, I say that as the game otherwise plays just like a Bloodborne.
  • Any tight fighting like in corridors or near walls is tough as you always clip the wall and the enemy doesn’t seem to.
  • So much to take in, Parts/items are worded so you get confused as to where they are or what they do, many mechanics at play.
  • Doesn’t have a compare weapons button or anything to help with purchasing weapon decisions.
  • Having to go back to Hotel Krat to level up each time is not ideal.
  • The story is broken up to the point where you can lose track of it at times.
  • The P organ system is really daunting at first.
  • Find out the hard way that the game doesn’t inform you that your controller has disconnected or run out of juice.

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Lies of P:

Official website.

Developer: NEOWIZ

Publisher: NEOWIZ


  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10


Lies of P is a Soulslike game with a vast 3D world and 360-degree camera control. The game features beautiful graphics, fast loading times, and a powerful soundtrack. It offers a variety of settings for graphics, controller, keyboard and mouse, gameplay, and camera.

The game has three combat styles: the path of the cricket (balance), the path of the bastard (dexterity), and the path of the sweeper (strength). It features a stamina-based system for running, attacking, and blocking. Enemies can drop loot and ergo, which is used to level up.

The game also includes a guard/blocking system where successful blocks reduce damage and loss of stamina. Perfect guards negate damage and stagger the enemy. Fatal attacks can be done from the rear or against staggered enemies.

The world is vast with unlockable shortcuts or alternative routes. Stargazers serve as your bonfires from Souls, healing you and serving as a respawn point while also respawning all enemies.

The game uses a weight system where every item has a weight and you can only carry X amount before you are encumbered. Ergo drops where you died and you have one life to get it back, except in boss fights where any dropped Ergo is at the entrance.

The game also features a traveling vendor where you can buy and sell items, and Venigni craft machines that let you tweak and edit your Legion arm. Moonstone is a resource used at workshops to upgrade your weapons.

Overall, Lies of P offers a creepy yet inviting sense of adventure with familiar controls, especially for those who have played any Dark Soul games but accessible enough that newcomers can get in on the fun. The game is a big achievement for the genre.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!