• 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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Lair looks phenomenal and is an ambitious and novel concept, but its horrible controls and linear environments kill the fun faster than a dragon can cook up a burger.
  7. 62
    Ultimately, Lair is a game of two halves, one half is highly detailed with an imposing soundtrack that engulfs the player into the story (if you're a fan of mediaeval fantasy). The other half is full of predictable, repetitive missions that suffer from the control mechanism being too tricky to use in tight situations.
  8. 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.
  9. It certainly looks amazing, and the epic soundtrack fits the game's fantasy theme, but Lair suffers from repetitive missions, cheesy voice acting and choppy animation. Fighting for ten minutes, dying and restarting from the beginning gets old real fast, and the cookie cutter story failed to hold our interests.
  10. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    The game is marked by a crippling inconsistency, and not just in its use of motion-sensitive controls. [Oct 2007, p.110]
  11. 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.
  12. Lair potential never materializes into a cohesive gameplay experience. What could have been ultra cool, flying battling dragons becomes cold.
  13. 60
    The game does look pretty at times, and music is moving. But the poor control scheme and overall cheese factor are too much for me to deal with. Unfortunately, simply looking and sounding good doesn’t add up to a well-rounded experience.
  14. It may have the flashiest graphics, it may present all sorts of new gameplay innovations, and it may have an engrossing story, but without accessible and reliable controls… you don’t have a game that’ll keep you coming back for the pure enjoyment of it.
  15. 60
    So while it's not that bad, Lair probably could have or really, should have been much better.
  16. 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.
  17. Lair has some serious problems with the controls, but the fact of the matter is that it isn’t irreparable.
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Don't buy it if you want a dragon that does what it's told. [Sept 2007, p.82]
  19. At the end of the day, Lair is more of a visual and aural masterpiece than a game you'd actually want to sit down and play.
  20. Gameplay and storyline trump graphics and sounds everyday of the week. Unfortunately, the story is predictable and the gameplay is tedious. Lair is a classic example of form over function. What a major let down.
  21. PSM3 Magazine UK
    A massive disappointment. [Nov 2007, p.78]
  22. Play UK
    So pretty, yet so broken. [Issue#158, p.70]
  23. Games Master UK
    An average sword and sorcery flight sim, let down by the dodgy camera and controls. [Nov 2007, p.82]
  24. PSM Magazine
    Strip away the graphics and novelty controls and Lair is exposed for what it is: an average shooter the likes of which we've all played before on two earlier PlayStation iterations. [Oct 2007, p.74]
  25. 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.
  26. Awesome graphics and pretty music just aren't enough to rescue Lair from its deeply flawed design.
  27. 50
    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.
  28. 50
    Lair is a largely average game.
  29. An exercise in futility, a poorly designed and frustrating experience that questions how loose of a definition we should give to the word “game”.
  30. Lair is the quintessential example of why motion control should only be used sparingly on PlayStation 3 titles; unwieldy, unresponsive, and bland in terms of gameplay, the only thing compelling in the game is the soundtracks.
  31. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    Early on, the controls reveal themselves as almost unplayable. Even the excellent production values are not enough to mask all its problems. [Nov 2007]
  32. 50
    But if I got this for Christmas, I’d be writing Santa a somewhat angry letter, and asking where in the hell my puppy was.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 236 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 236
  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. Jul 28, 2012
    I want to start off by stating this review is based on the game with the patch controls. For me I enjoyed this game a lot. The action isI want to start off by stating this review is based on the game with the patch controls. For me I enjoyed this game a lot. The action is insane, killer sound, a killer story, and the controls are great with the patch. I don Full Review »
  3. 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 »