Lair: Impressions

Lair might as well be known as the Big Dragon Game. Such a name is fitting, given the scope of the project. Up until last week, it had been mired in speculation, but Sony let some secrets slip, and thankfully, Lair is looking extremely impressive, the type of first party shot in the arm that the PlayStation 3 desperately needs. In the game, you play as an unnamed male warrior struggling to survive in a war-torn world rife with peril. As two civilizations wage an epic battle for control, the man and his dragon must learn to survive in harsh conditions, all the while repelling enemy foot soldiers and other dragons. It's a hot concept, one that's been explored in other videogames, most notably Sega's Panzer Dragoon series, but where that franchise is popular for its poetic brutality, Lair's violence is much less subtle. During the course of your adventure, thousands of polygonal soldiers are going to die. People will fall off cliffs, off the backs of their own dragons (plummeting thousands of feet to their deaths), and even more will be lit on fire. It also features free roaming gameplay, which is vastly different from Panzer's limiting on-rails design.

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THWIP4472d ago

Is why I'm interested in this game. My wife and I loved that game, because it was the only game that allowed you to have a dragon as a sidekick, to aerial battles, and explore huge maps. In a year or so, I'll pick up a PS3 and this game.

HiSpeedSoldier614472d ago (Edited 4472d ago )

I bought that game about four years ago and, going against the advice of my friends, I really enjoyed it. Flying around on a big badass dragon is what segregated that game from all the other action RPGs

I just couldn't finish the game since my memory card fried a couple days after I reached the final boss. hey TWHIP, did the game have a good ending??

(I think Draken was also one of sony's first-party games, so that automatically makes me giddy about Lair)

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--Negative creep

THWIP4472d ago

...but it WAS a PS2 exclusive. It was a follow-up to the PC title, Drakan: Order of the Flame, and both were made by Surreal Software. Sadly, that was the end of the franchise, so I suppose Lair will have to fill the void. I rented a game called Drakengard for PS2, but it sucked big time...nothing like Drakan:TAG . When I got my XBOX, I rented Panzer Dragoon: Orta, but was equally disappointed.
The story for Drakan:TAG was pretty cool. I don't know how far you got, but I'd recommend giving it another shot if you get the chance. :)