[PlayStation 4] Lacuna Review
Lacuna from DigiTales Interactive and Assemble Entertainment is a Rated M for Mature murder mystery adventure game on PS4. Learn more in our Lacuna review!
Lacuna from DigiTales Interactive and Assemble Entertainment is a Rated M for Mature murder mystery adventure game on PlayStation 4. While you’ll start playing as another character so that you can get the hang of things, you’ll be spending your time with Lacuna playing as one Neil Conrad, a CDI Agent who will rush into a murder case that will turn his whole life upside down. You’ll have to talk to as many people as possible as you gather the clues and information needed to put together the puzzle.
The choices you make during each of the game’s story acts do matter, and they will change your relationship with the CDI, with each of the main characters in the game, and if you’ve collected enough clues to uncover the truth. Based on these choices, you’ll take on different story paths, which will provide you with different interactions depending on what you’ve done before. What type of relationship will you have with your Ex? Will you visit your daughter and give her the attention she deserves? Or will you focus on your work at the CDI to try and avoid everything else?
You’ll move your character with the left analog stick, sprinting by pressing and holding down the R2 button. You can interact with objects and other characters by pressing the X button. You can press the Triangle button to activate an investigation mode which will allow you to press the L2 and R2 buttons to change between the available objectives within your range. By pressing the Touchpad on the DualShock 4, you’ll be able to open up your phone, where you can check conversation logs, news, messages, clues, and a glossary.
It quickly becomes apparent that there’s more going on than just the murder that you’re investigating. To make sure that every decision you make matters, and that how you interact with other characters and how you go about solving this or that puzzle can’t be changed, the game will autosave after every important moment in Lacuna. If you want to see what would happen if you don’t screw up part of the investigation, or how things would have played out that
Lacuna has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, along with 9 Bronze trophies, 9 Silver trophies, and 7 Gold trophies. That’s the good news for trophy hunters. The bad news is that Lacuna has eight different endings, and since your choices matter and will open up different story paths for you to take, that means you won’t be able to get all trophies in a single go. There are also trophies for completing each story act, for smoking a lot, for not smoking, for being a good cop, for being a bad cop, for not doing anything for a minute, for watching an ad on the street for a couple of minutes, or for completing the game by taking the least steps possible – literally!
Lacuna is a clever sci-fi noir murder mystery adventure experience with an interesting story and setting. Your choices will matter, and there’s no game over if you screw things up along the way. You’ll have to live with the decisions made, and try to find enough clues to solve not only the murder, but what is really going on. You’ll spend around 5-7 hours with Lacuna to see the whole experience, and with multiple endings that will take into consideration the actions and choices made up until that point, you’ll be replaying this one more than once if you want to see every potential outcome.
This Lacuna review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Assemble Entertainment.