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[PlayStation 5] Lifeless Moon Review

[PlayStation 5] Lifeless Moon Review
  • On July 9, 2024

Lifeless Moon from Serenity Forge and Lifeless World is a new third-person platforming adventure on PlayStation 5. Learn more in our Lifeless Moon review!


Lifeless Moon from Serenity Forge and Lifeless World is a new third-person platforming adventure on PlayStation 5. It’s a spiritual successor to Lifeless Planet, a game that I got to review back in 2016 on PlayStation 5. For this new journey, you’ll participate in an Apollo-era mission to the moon, where captivating landscapes await. As you explore, you’ll run into what’s left behind from a 1970s experiment: a desert town. The twist is that it will feel very similar to those of you who also played Lifeless Planet. It’s oddly like the town you find in that game… but it’s now on the moon!

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It was the Cold War when the United States and the Soviet Union raced to control the skies and space. Many test pilots died during the missions to conquer space, but humanity eventually reached the moon. Unfortunately, you’re a US astronaut who seems to have been sucked into a portal of sorts and find yourself in what appears to be the moon’s surface… and yet, it’s not the same. Will you be able to find a way to return to your moon?


The project was taken to Kickstarter back in 2017, seeking $17,000 in funding for the game’s development. Once the crowdfunding campaign was over – and thanks to the support of almost 600 backers – the studio ended up securing $18,000 in funding. The game was originally planned for a 2018 release on PC, but that ended up slipping for a while until it got a Steam release in 2023. A year later, we get to experience Lifeless Moon on PlayStation 5.

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As you get started, you’ll move around with the left analog stick, and you will use the right one to control the camera as needed to get a better view of things. You’ll jump and use your jetpack by pressing the X button. That is, once you manage to find a way to power the jetpack so that you can use it. Your flashlight will be mapped to the L1 button. Pressing the R1 button will allow you to walk slowly. The Square button is for interacting. The items you collect will be sent to your inventory, which you can check by pressing the Triangle button. Your notebook will have some additional information for this journey. Press the Circle button to take a look at it.


Trophy-wise, this one has a full trophy list for you to work on to try adding a new Platinum trophy to your collection. Said list is split into a single Bronze trophy, 8 Silver trophies, and 8 Gold trophies. What will you need to do for this shiny Platinum trophy? Half the trophies will pop as you progress further and further in the game. As for the rest, they require you to collect a rare rock, find a feline creature, locate a specific artifact, find yourself in front of a bizarre entity, go underwater, discover an ancient relic, take a leap of faith, and find the disturbing remains of someone… or something. Oh, and there’s also chapter select in this game, which is certainly appreciated. If you need some extra help, you can check out this Lifeless Moon Trophy Guide.

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Lifeless Moon is a new third-person platforming adventure that works as a spiritual successor to Lifeless Planet, which was previously released on PlayStation 4 back in 2016. After finding yourself in what seems to be the moon, you’ll soon realize there’s something else going on. You’ll start to hear voices and will see other characters begin to appear and disappear out of nowhere. Lifeless Moon is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your purchase will allow you to download the game’s PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions at no extra cost.

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This Lifeless Moon review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Serenity Forge.

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Will you be able to make it back?