• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Aug 30, 2007

Mixed or average reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 55
  2. Negative: 17 out of 55
  1. Great visuals and sound mean absolutely nothing in Lair. Factor 5 should have made a movie--not a game. This is the ultimate example of how gameplay suffers when all the work goes into making everything look pretty. There is nothing fun about it.
  2. Lair is a roaring triumph of a game that's blasted onto the PS3 to show us all just what the hardware is capable of.
  3. Awesome graphics and pretty music just aren't enough to rescue Lair from its deeply flawed design.
  4. Lair, sadly, is a classic example of the apocryphal polished turd. Strip away the HD bluster and the game beneath is little more than a basic PS2 shooter with a makeover.
  5. Despite such audiovisual wizardry, all the technical sheen the PlayStation3 can muster can't mask a dud game, and as a result Lair is little more than verisimilitude.
  6. It's massively crippled by terribly implemented controls and odd game mechanics that leave you scratching your head in bewilderment.
  7. Liar is thrilling and a dream to control via SixAxis motion-sensitivity, but the sharp graphics simply don’t measure up to the “full HD” promise of early game trailers. Still a sharp action title to kick off the fall holiday gaming season!
  8. Lair does not suck, but judging from the comments and reviews from most of the media there are a lot of game reviewers who simply aren’t prepared to accept the SIXAXIS control scheme.
  9. There are some frustrations and the game lacks a general sense of excitement that propels you forward at a frantic pace.
  10. Without a workable control scheme (standard analog movement is not an option), I fear most people will find themselves flustered beyond belief with the game like I was.
  11. Lair is a tough game to rate. One on hand, the game is absolutely gorgeous and easily justifies the thousands of dollars spent on the latest home theater equipment. On the other hand, the gameplay is so fundamentally broken that it’s difficult to imagine anyone sticking with Lair through its ending.
  12. 70
    The bottom line is this. Lair was meant to showcase much that the PS3 has to offer and it does so in many ways.
  13. Once you've got the controls down, you'll find an enjoyable action game out of Lair. For the most part, the game is visually appealing and striking in most cases, but it's not without its faults.
  14. If you have recently purchased a PS3 and have a pretty good home theatre system, you may want to pick Lair as a great demo disk; otherwise this one is a rental.
  15. 60
    Lair is a game that you'll want for its eye-popping experience rather than its gameplay. So buy it if you want to justify all the thousands you spent on your PS3 and that 1080p HDTV you can see from the International Space Station. Don't buy it if you want a dragon that does what it's damn well told.
  16. Lair is one of the PS3’s biggest disappointments so far. The potential was great, and the core gameplay isn’t bad. But instead of the fantasy epic fans dreamed of, the final product comes across as a short and unsightly mess.
  17. The gameplay does have its problems, but if you respect the controls and give it time, you will no doubt find something to enjoy with the game.
  18. Lair has some serious problems with the controls, but the fact of the matter is that it isn’t irreparable.
  19. Lair is a bargain title in AAA clothing. Everything other than the gameplay itself is wonderful; unfortunately, the controls are frequently more frustrating than fun, and downright awful in most scenarios.
  20. 49
    At one point, Lair looked like one of the most promising titles coming to the PS3, but the final version -- even with its interesting story, occasionally impressive graphics and amazing score -- falls well short of anything you should be playing.
  21. This tedious control system just turns the main focus of the game, the battles, into a task rather than an enjoyment. Not only does the SIXAXIS control scheme not feel comfortable or natural, it just doesn’t work. And the fact that you can’t even turn it off makes it even more of a burden.
  22. A game can also end up being worse than the sum of its parts. Lair is a good example of this. Because Lair’s most important element, the control scheme, is terrible, you end up with a game worthy of the bargain bin.
  23. The music’s nice though, and at least it looks good.
  24. Lair is, in no uncertain terms, a colossal disaster. The offenses are numerous and the explanations unneeded. I would say the game needed more polish, but it's pretty evident that the main problems were more than just a lack of dev time.
  25. HD or no, Lair isn't a film to be watched, it's a game to be played. Therein lies the problem. Lair is nearly impossible to play.
  26. The game is very pretty, yes, but it's far from pretty enough to warrant punishing yourself with this one-two blow of poor controls and terrible targeting.
  27. 40
    Dragon battles break down to attack-block-repeat. Ships appear from nowhere. Boss fights are more “follow the leader” than actual epic battles. Lair is not a broken game, just one that overcompensates to hide all its flaws rather than fix them.
  28. 30
    It certainly sounds like an awesome game, but the execution is so terminally flawed in almost every way that a game can be flawed that it isn't worth anyone's time.
  29. It has an awesome score, a decent story and is one sexy beast. Unfortunately for us, Factor 5 seems to have fallen into the old trap of making outward appearances so appealing, they forgot to make a solid game on the inside.
  30. Even a crosshair would have made all the difference in the world.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 216 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 73
  2. Negative: 17 out of 73
  1. JadeC.
    Nov 16, 2007
    Whats wrong with everyone? This game sheer scale is by far the best that has been portrayed on the PS3 and is definitely a worthwhile buy.
  2. Feb 2, 2012
    Lair is a good game, the only bad about this is playing this game by using the worst controller ever. ( but now you can use directionalLair is a good game, the only bad about this is playing this game by using the worst controller ever. ( but now you can use directional buttons thanks to the patch). Full Review »
  3. AnthonyL
    Aug 3, 2009
    okay - I didn't let the reviews scare me off this one, and yes there are truth in the reviews but there is alot to be seen in LAIR. Lairokay - I didn't let the reviews scare me off this one, and yes there are truth in the reviews but there is alot to be seen in LAIR. Lair performs very well in the sound department with effects and composed music, and graphics. The controls are however mostly unresponsive but nothing that becomes inpossible to play. IF a little more attnetion was put towards the gameplay this could have been much better, but nevertheless a decent playthrough. Full Review »