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Features

  • The essence of battle - Wield and master various weapons with unique combinations of Fable Arts and Legion Arms to find out what fits your playstyle.
  • Variety of attractions - Enjoy the beautiful, yet dark atmosphere of the Belle Époque era and explore the once prosperous city of Krat.
  • Lie system - P is made of a puppet's heart, but he learns how to think and feel like a human by lying.
  • Legacy of the classics - The city of Krat, the characters, and even the smallest objects reflect our deepest admiration for the original tale of Pinocchio.

Product Description

Inspired by the familiar story of Pinocchio, Lies of P on PS5 is an action souls-like set in a dark Belle Époque world. As the puppet P, players must wind their way through the streets of the ruined city of Krat, crafting weapons from the materials found in the world and interacting with the remaining few who manage to survive in this hellscape. The more lies told, the more human players become, with all the advantages and disadvantages it entails. Experience profound narrative choices and deeply customizable character progression as you guide P on his unrelenting journey to become human.

9.5 Game Informer Must Play

Lies of P Review

Master Of Puppets

by Wesley LeBlanc on September 13th, 2023

Game Informer Must Play

Lies of P developer Neowiz proudly calls its The Adventures of Pinocchio-inspired action game a Soulslike, drawing direct attention to its From Software inspiration. The proclamation is a bold and risky move. While there are great contenders in this action subgenre, even the best are a few marks from what From Software creates and I went into Lies of P with that expectation. But then I put 40 hours into Lies of P in just five days, something I rarely do with any game. And then I doubled back on a save to get a different ending. And then I started New Game Plus because I wanted more. Lies of P masterfully wields familiar Soulslike combat and worldbuilding and infuses it with a few twists to set it apart from its various inspirations. The result is a pondering and memorable exploration of a fairytale everyone knows built within a deeply rewarding action game. Simply put, Lies of P is utterly fantastic.

Neowiz commits hard to Pinocchio – while I laughed the first few times Lies of P reminded me I was controlling Pinocchio, the game never joined in on that. And after the first 10 hours, I stopped laughing too. Not because it wasn’t funny anymore – it was and still is – but because I realized Neowiz looked beyond Pinocchio as shock value for a character. It uses a puppet we're all familiar with to tell a story of an overworked, undervalued class rising against its creators, how far those creators will go to remain in power, and, as you might expect, what it means to be a human (and there's a confusing but interesting mechanic to go with that I won't spoil here). It's not necessarily new ground, nor is it necessarily all that deep, but spinning the tale of Pinocchio into everything Lies of P encompasses is commendable, and it works, especially within the confines of a Soulslike.

Combat is familiar to those who know the genre Lies of P declares itself to be part of. Every enemy has the potential to kill you with a few missteps, bosses surprise and enrage you, providing essential skill checks during your journey through 19th Century France-inspired Krat, and mechanics won’t make sense… until they do. Anyone familiar with Soulslikes knows what's going on here, but after Lies of P introduces its various parts, the whole becomes realized.

Pinocchio's mechanical Legion arm can add fire, electricity, acid, easy blocking, a grapple line, and more to your arsenal, opening up the potential to discover enemy weaknesses. Grindstones further this, allowing you to imbue your weapon with an element, and one-time-use Wishstones can completely turn the tide of a battle, whether that be by prolonging the life of your helpful NPC specter against a boss or slowly regenerating your HP when you’re out of Pulse Cells to restore yourself. Even weapons can be broken apart into a handle and a blade to mix and match, and every weapon is capable of special Fable Arts moves to flashy effect. I loved the pace at which Neowiz introduced these mechanics as it deepened what I could do in combat at just the right moments, when I thought I was done learning.

Save for a few areas, Lies of P is gorgeous and unique, brimming with the energy of industry in the puppet-infested Krat, its surrounding regions, and the Krat Hotel hub that serves as the base of operations, filled with NPCs, shopkeeps, a mysterious girl responsible for leveling Pinocchio up, and more. The expected highlights are there too: a once beautiful city ravaged by plague, a gothic cathedral home to horrors, a World Fair-esque exhibition, and more, all connected through revelatory shortcuts. Seeing these Soulslike mainstays through the eyes of Pinocchio and Neowiz is invigorating; I was excited to reach the "poison swamp" of Lies of P, a locale present in just about every Souls game and the games inspired by them. It helps that Lies of P runs exceptionally well and looks stunning while doing it. My PlayStation 5 captures folder is full of screenshots from this game.

Even when Soulslikes excel at creating an exciting world and great-feeling combat, it's often the bosses where the seams show, but that's not the case in Lies of P. Bosses are good fun and relatively easy, like much of the game, but there are few extremely difficult ones that took me upwards of two dozen attempts to take down. Most are highly memorable both in design and how they were seemingly in my head, calling my moves before I even pressed a button. The final boss is an excellent skill check of everything learned in the prior 40 hours, and another stands out as a new Souslike favorite, asking me to master Lies of P’s "perfect guard" mechanic to counter swift explosions of five to 10 hits at a time.

Like the best action games, Lies of P rewards you each time you veer off the main path and for subsequent combat encounters. Defeating bosses, even most optional minibosses, rewards Quartz, used to give Pinocchio game-changing upgrades like an additional dodge and stronger Pulse Cell charges. Hordes of enemies block special chests with new costumes and special items, and even the most basic of puppets and monsters reward you with something useful, be it good ole experience for leveling up or a consumable or throwable item you'll be thankful for against specific bosses.

Lies of P's greatest strength is how it rewards and empowers you at every turn to venture further through this twisted tale of puppetry and monstrous humanity, despite its oppressive world and formidable enemies. I struggled to pull myself away from Lies of P, even when it had me fuming. It delicately balances the fun of a Soulslike with the challenge the genre demands and only falters a few times. That it maintains that balance within the confines of a fairytale most know best because of Disney, flipping it on its head to tell something more in line with Carlo Collodi's original The Adventures of Pinocchio, is another achievement of Lies of P. But above all that, Lies of P uses the familiar, the highlights, and the lessons learned from the authors of the Soulslike subgenre to create something unique, fascinating, and exhilarating. Neowiz aimed for the stars, much like the ones its Pinocchio wishes upon, and hits them with machine-like accuracy.

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About Lies of P

Story

About Lies of P


You are a puppet created by Geppetto who's caught in a web of lies with unimaginable monsters and untrustworhty figures stadning between you and the events that have befallen the world of Lies of P. You are awakened by a ysterious voice that guides you through the plagued city of Krat - a once lively place that has been poisoned by madness and bloodlust

You Can Break Enemy Weapons

Guide

You Can Break Enemy Weapons


Speaking of breaking weapons, most enemies carrying a weapon can have that weapon destroyed by Pinocchio. You can do this by perfectly guarding their attacks. If you see orange feedback at the point of contact, like a quick and bright flash, you've successfully perfectly guarded an attack. Do this enough and the weapon will break. You'll know when it happens because their blade will be visibly snapped and you'll hear a distinctive sound we never got tired of hearing. Enemies will still attack you with their broken weapons but do significantly less damage. Depending on the weapon, the enemy might now have a much smaller range of attack with their weapon broken.

Search Out Optional Bosses

Guide

Search Out Optional Bosses


There are a handful of optional bosses in Lies of P. While you won't get special cutscenes like you do with the main bosses, these are still challenges worth taking on. You'll know you’re fighting an optional boss because, like main bosses, a giant health bar will appear at the bottom of the screen. You should seek out as many of these bosses as possible. Sometimes, you'll earn costumes; other times, great consumable and throwable items, occasionally a weapon, and a Quartz almost every time. Quartz will allow you to upgrade Pinocchio in special ways, and you will want as much Quartz as possible.

Don't Consume Ergo Chunks From Bosses

Guide

Don't Consume Ergo Chunks From Bosses


When you defeat the main bosses in Lies of P, you'll receive special Ergo Chunks. You'll know they're special because of their name and because they are categorized into a separate area in your inventory (not with the regular Ergo Chunks you receive). Using these to get Ergo needed can be tempting, especially with how much Ergo they yield, but don't do it. You will eventually meet an NPC wearing a hound mask who sells a lot of weapons and amulets. These are often weapons from bosses you've defeated and the only way to get a specific weapon or amulet is by trading him a specific Ergo Chunk. If you want to pick up some really unique weapons and amulets, save your Ergo Chunks from bosses for him.

Don't Ignore Your Grindstone

Guide

Don't Ignore Your Grindstone


The Grindstone is a device on Pinocchio's left forearm. While at first it's used to repair a weapon's durability, it eventually becomes a way to imbue your weapon with an element like fire, acid, electricity, or even easier blocking capabilities. It rules and it's not to be ignored.

Visit Hotel Krat Often

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Visit Hotel Krat Often


The Krat Hotel is your central hub in Lies of P. It's where you level up, upgrade weapons, purchase new items, and more. It's an expansive hub and more and more people call it home as you play through the game. You will likely visit it often to level up but do your rounds each time you're there to talk to NPCs, check on new items in shops, and more. Lies of P makes it easy to see who you should talk to. When using the Stargazer to teleport to a new location, the menu will show you NPC heads next to "Hotel Krat" to indicate who has something new for you. Stop in whenever you can to talk to them.

Veer Off The Beaten Path

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Veer Off The Beaten Path


Sometimes, games reward you nicely for veering off the beaten path or the main path in this instance, and sometimes they don't. Fortunately, Lies of P falls into the former party. Veering off the main path in Lies of P is how you find many things: additional costumes, chests, NPCs, secret bosses, and more. It's pretty much always worth your time to explore that side alley or go down that ladder.

Use Elemental Weaknesses

Guide

Use Elemental Weaknesses


Use elemental weaknesses to your advantage. There's electricity, fire, acid, and more. Most enemies can be hit with one of these kinds of elemental weaknesses and doing so will lead to prolonged (and constant) damage, easy staggering, and quick takedowns. To keep it simple, use electricity if it's a puppet or looks like one. Use fire if it's not a puppet or something more human-like. And acid works well on pretty much anyone and anything, especially bosses.

Review

Lies of P Gameplay Review


Lies of P uses the familiar, the highlights, and the lessons learned from the authors of the Soulslike subgenre to create something unique, fascinating, and exhilarating. Simply put, it is utterly fantastic. Thanks for watching our Lies of P review!

Specifications

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UPC 812303019876

General

Brand Name Fireshine Games
Vendor Part Number FSG01987
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Interactive Elements No Interactive Elements

Gameplay

Number of Players 1
Online Multiplayer true
Co-op Mode true
Perspective 3rd Person
Genre Action
Interactive Elements No Interactive Elements

Compatability

Compatible Platforms PlayStation 5

Fandom

Publisher Name Fireshine Games
Developer Name Neowiz Games

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Product Length 6.7
Product Width 5.3
Product Height 0.6
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Lies of P - PlayStation 5
$59.99