Lords of the Fallen is a PS5 Elden Ring copycat with a two-world gimmick
I’ve been left pleasantly surprised by this Souls-like RPG game.
While it’s no match for the mighty Elden Ring, and very much a lookalike title, this PS5 game does everything you want from a rock-hard over-the-shoulder battle game.
You play one of the fabled Dark Crusaders amid the rise in demon God Adyr in the medieval looking land of Mournstead.
You’re tasked with taking on his army of demon horde horrors as you battle through two worlds- the living and the dead – simultaneously.
That two-world gimmick actually makes this game stand out.
It adds in some clever puzzle elements as you travel between brutal boss fights.
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You’ll hit what seems like a dead end in the grim real world.
But, thanks to your trusty magic blue lamp, you can switch into the undead realm of Umbral, which is effectively like the Upside Down in the Stranger Things telly show, and make your way forward through unseen areas in normal life.
That back-and-forth switching means that the game constantly keeps you on your toes and offers two very different types of baddie to beat.
It also means there’s tons of hidden loot and sneaky holes where, on the surface, you may normally only see a dead end.
The mechanic works well and is an excellent way of layering up this type of game.
Gameplay is decent and the fighting is very much like any Dark Souls game before it.
The monsters a truly horrible looking and the baddies stand out nicely, although they haven't quite got the ‘oh my God’ impact of the FromSoftware classic games.
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You can play co-op too with a pal, which is a great addition and allows newcomers to the genre to ease their way in a bit with a more battle-hardened pal by their side.
There’s around 40 hours of gameplay in here, and loads more if you want to properly explore every part of this devastatingly dark land.
It looks medieval, dark, like a bloody horror film and it plays tough.
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