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Lucius on Steam

MSRP: $9.99

Platform: Windows

Release: 10/26/12

Lucius is a dark & violent adventure game loosely based on the 1976 movie “The Omen”. You play as Lucius, the six year old son of Satan. It’s almost comically heavy-handed, and I really really wanted to love it. I mean, watch the intro movie and tell me you don’t want to play this game.

But here’s the problem – the game doesn’t even come close to living up to it’s expectations.  You play through the tutorial chapter and you think “Man, this is way too easy. They just give you all the answers”.  Then the tutorial ends and you have no idea what the heck you’re doing. At least I didn’t. I spent a long time in the kitchen opening cabinets and holding the trash bag.

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The controls are just clunky enough, and the graphics not quite good enough to make me want to push through, no matter how appealing the idea of being a six year-old serial killer might be. So I started browsing around the internet, trying to find a review that would convince me to keep going.  Instead, all the information about the game I could find reinforced my desire to shelf this one.

There are two key reasons I won’t be revisiting Lucius.  First, the whole game is on rails.  Not only are you given a specific target, but there’s only one way to do the deed, and there’s not a whole lot of information given to you about what that is.  Secondly, there’s a good bit of stealth game play involved as you’re trying to figure out what the heck you’re supposed to be doing (you’d think Satan would give slightly more detailed instructions), and if you get caught out even once, you’re going to end up back at the start of the chapter.   Did I mention Lucius is very very cut-scene heavy? Yeah.

After playing around with it for about half an hour, I’m seriously considering watching the game play on YouTube rather than trying my own hand at it, and for me, that’s really saying something. I’m unbelievably disappointed that such an interesting concept resulted in a game with this much propensity for frustration.


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