lisa
Metacritic: 78/100
Release: Dec 2014
Reviewed on: PC

LISA

Site Score
8.0
Good: Strong storytelling – Unique setting
Bad: Minimal combat depth – Needlessly long walking distances
User Score
8.8
(8 votes)
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Set in a post apocalyptic world LISA is a quirky adventure that follows a depressing journey of one man and his search for his adopted daughter. For telling this story in a unique way (specifically dark humour) the title has received positive reviews.

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Your protagonist for this adventure is Brad Armstrong, a middle age drug addict who calls the wastelands of Olathe home. Several years before the game events a mysterious apocalyptic event known only as the Flash ruined society by taking away every last woman. After discovering a baby girl in the wild and naming it Buddy players go on a journey of self discovery with his party of adventurers to reclaim his daughter after being kidnapped.

A central element to this adventure is permanent decisions that impact yourself and party members. One such early choice has players choosing between keeping a party member alive or keeping all of their inventory items.

Exploring the world is done through a 2D side scrolling overworld where players control Brad. Brads abilities are limited in this game element to simple jumps and ranges of movements although keen eye players will be able to use these simple controls to find the various secret areas where bonus items await. Players can also find NPCs, shops, settlements and various recruit-able party members.

When an enemy is encountered the game switches to battle mode which relies on simple turn based mechanics. Players will instruct each of their party members to perform an action (attack, guard, item, etc.). Brad is your primary fighter, relying on his brutal melee style known as “Armstrong Style”. Other party members range from supportive, defensive and offensive.

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What is really attracting about the LISA experience is the weird and wonderful things to encounter, people to meet (and recruit) and the flashback story telling that slowly reveals what pre-flash life was like for Brad.

While the story of LISA is impressive some of the game elements can be dull, such as the large game worlds that take a while to trek through (and have an excessive number of dead ends) and then minimal amount of depth in the combat system.

Summary:

  • A rough post apocalyptic title.
  • Hunt down your adopted daughter, Buddy.
  • Recruit party members to use in turn based battles.
  • Explore an overworld full of characters, secrets and settlements.
  • Available for Windows and Mac.

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LISA, 8.8 out of 10 based on 8 ratings
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