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Generally favorable reviews- based on 186 Ratings

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  • Summary: The miserable journey of a broken man...
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jan 15, 2015
    90
    It's a weird mix between the depressing atmosphere, the very well calibrated gameplay and the side scrolling. It will please very specific tastes, but it's definitely worth a try.
  2. Jan 4, 2015
    90
    LISA is a great JRPG, with a strong narrative and an antic sense of humor.
  3. Mar 11, 2015
    85
    With superb writing, clever humour and a unique kind of drama, Lisa proves that sometimes you don't need great technology and high quality graphics in order to tell a great story.
  4. Jan 20, 2015
    80
    LISA is grotesque in the classical sense: revelling in humanity's warts, viscera, and puffing orifices to better explore its failings. People are a collection of blood-filled sacks and floppy limbs, one second away from being stretched out and twisted like so much skin-taffy. In other words, viewer discretion is advised. This is an uncomfortable game, but worth the chance.
  5. Feb 15, 2015
    70
    This is not an extraordinary RPG or platform game, but it does have its own charm, weird humor and a lot of painful decisions to throw at you. This game might not be brilliant, it sure has a vision.
  6. Dec 5, 2019
    67
    While LISA: The Painful attempts to do something unique and bold, it misfires and instead tells a story that works against its own ends, ultimately feeling gratuitous and pointless.
  7. Feb 21, 2015
    50
    There’s potential to be found in LISA, but so much of it feels like a rough first draft.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Dec 26, 2014
    10
    Original. Smart. Touching. Its atmosphere takes you far away and holds till the end. Every step matters. Soundtrack is really great as well.Original. Smart. Touching. Its atmosphere takes you far away and holds till the end. Every step matters. Soundtrack is really great as well. The game is simply amazing in every way. Pure indie gemstone. Expand
  2. Jan 2, 2021
    10
    Fun, interesting, and heartbreaking. What more could you want? It's one of the best singleplayer games I've ever played, and one of myFun, interesting, and heartbreaking. What more could you want? It's one of the best singleplayer games I've ever played, and one of my favourite stories I've ever watched/played/read/listened to, period. It's criminally underrated and I highly recommend it. Expand
  3. Jun 19, 2022
    10
    Apart from being a miserable game that might make you fall into a rabbit hole of depression and sadness the game can be considered one of theApart from being a miserable game that might make you fall into a rabbit hole of depression and sadness the game can be considered one of the best of its genre. Lisa is a life ruining experience that is focused on a broken world as we join Brad, a broken man, to rescue his adopted daughter Lisa, a broken girl.

    The world of Lisa does not only take a really interesting approach on post apocalyptic scenarios but also expands on the idea that Video games can be art by showcasing a story that can be considered one of the best in the gaming industry, I don’t even want to spoil it cause it gives me PTSD.

    The gameplay and battle system is exhaustive and odd with values such as depression to affect on the enemies and your allies but it fits perfectly in the world of Lisa making a good union between story and gameplay.

    The music in the game also makes you feel like you’re on a crack den in Birmingham at 3am, it’s peculiar and broken with different rhythms within the same song which also ads to the world of Lisa more immersion.

    This game is one of the best you can find in the market and I fully recommend it to everyone that wants to find a game with a fantastic story and an odd world that will make you commit suicide once you finish it.

    PS: Don’t play it if you have a stable life.
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  4. Dec 9, 2020
    9
    Probably one of if not the best RPG's I've ever played. It has quick-witted and quirky humour, and the atmosphere is set very well. TheProbably one of if not the best RPG's I've ever played. It has quick-witted and quirky humour, and the atmosphere is set very well. The characters are also very unique and pop out. The game can also be unnervingly dark at times. I whole-heartedly recommend buying this game on steam Expand
  5. Oct 10, 2018
    9
    LISA is a hard-core turn-based, narrative driven game, with a focus on perma-death and survival. The narrative and game-play intrinsicallyLISA is a hard-core turn-based, narrative driven game, with a focus on perma-death and survival. The narrative and game-play intrinsically linked choices in the narrative, and this is where the main strengths of LISA lie, the story overall is decent, but the characters and exploration really elevate LISA beyond a game and into an experience. The interpretation left by the creator means each experience is guaranteed to be unique, and unforgettable, but enough flesh on the bone to still create an amazing experience. Expand
  6. Nov 5, 2019
    9
    One of the darkest rpgs i've played, it will break your heart into pieces and make you feel depressed, but give you a once in a lifetime experience.
  7. Jan 18, 2020
    5
    A brave game, but with an annihilating lack of rhythm.
    Dialogues seek humor ceaselessly, and when jokes don't work (which happens 95% of the
    A brave game, but with an annihilating lack of rhythm.
    Dialogues seek humor ceaselessly, and when jokes don't work (which happens 95% of the time), dialogues become extremely boring.
    Poor gameplay, since on the PC the use of the game pad requires the joint use of the keyboard.
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