Lemnis Gate – Review

Release Date
September 28, 2021
Publisher
Frontier Developments
Developer
Rat Loop Games Canada
Platform
PS4, PS5
Reviewed on
PS5
Review code provided by
Frontier Developments

Lemnis Gate is the latest game from Ratloop Games. Lemnis Gate provides its unique take on multiplayer games. Let’s find out what this game is all about.

Lemnis Gate is a 1v1 or 2v2 multiplayer game where time is the main gimmick. You might wonder and ask what’s fun with a game of 1v1 or 2v2? Well in this game, just because it’s 1v1 doesn’t mean you’re going at it alone. In this game, you and your opponents take turns deploying new operatives onto the field. Each round lasting only 25 seconds and having 5 rounds in total. This means you are deploying 5 operatives that you each have to control.

But wait how is this possible, you ask? You and your enemies are in this time-loop that lasts only 25 seconds. Whatever action you did the previous round, that will keep looping up until the final round. Confused yet? Well that’s the thing about this game, it’s really hard to describe if you’re not playing it yourself.

In the same way, when you start to play the game, it is highly recommended that you go through the training section first. This will teach you all the basics of the game. Which would probably be better at explaining the game than me. My mistake was I jumped into the game right away not knowing what the heck I was supposed to do.

There are six types of matchmaking modes that you can queue up for and there are four types of games. One of which is the capture base mode. It’s your typical “capture the flag” game but Lemnis Gate added their own twist to it. Instead of just standing idly in a certain location to capture it. You’d have to shoot a structure to capture the area.

Now here’s where Lemnis Gate shines in terms of uniqueness and creativity. There are two types of turns that can happen in the game. You either take turns making your moves or you have to take your turn together. Simultaneous turns leaves a lot of room for you to plan your next move. Because as you end each turn, a new timeloop gets created basically locking your moves into an infinite loop. You can then observe what actions were taken the last round so that you can plan your counterattack to that move.

If you are moving together though, this will basically be up to your muscle memory as you try and remember what moves were made last round and what you can do to counter it all at the same time.

You can play the game either in normal mode, ranked mode or offline play. As a multiplayer game this makes a lot of sense but if you just want to practice and get a feel for the game, you can just go to Training Mode and it will let you play to your heart’s content against bots.

At the time this was reviewed, you have access to seven operatives, each of which have their own sets of passive abilities and weapons. You can customize their looks and loadout to suit your liking. And you get rewarded the customization items by leveling up your account.

As much as it’s fun to think that you can control 5 different characters in one match. I feel that this is a little too much for anyone to remember. Because not only are you trying to remember the actions tat has happened, you also need to ensure that the abilities and skills of the operative you deployed has been fully utilized. It just feels overwhelming to have to do this.

The graphics of the game is pretty good but it’s not stunning. It is still pretty decent and I didn’t really encounter any problems in combat.

Overall, Lemnis Gate’s unique spin to the FPS genre is something that needs to be praised and acknowledged. However, I feel like the parlor trick can wear off in due time. It can be fun to play against your friends and competing against other people but I wish they simplified it a bit as it feels too all over the place for me. If they have made it so that you can only use one or two characters, I feel like that would be much more manageable. That would also not intimidate newcomers to the genre. The game is made for people who are veterans to the genre and are just looking for that next big thing.

If you’re just looking for something to pass the time while your game is downloading its new patch, then this is probably one of those games that you can play.

Lemnis Gate – Review
Score Definition
Pros
Unique and innovative gameplay
Freedom of customization
Cons
Matches can be too overwhelming
7