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Lair swoops into stores a day early

While there was some confusion about just when Lair was actually going to be shipped out, we have gotten confirmation from multiple sources that it's actually in the stores right now. That's right, you can go out and get your dragon on immediately. It's a little odd that it was released on a Thursday since almost all retail games go on sale on Tuesday, but why look a gift horse in the mouth?

If you do go out and pick up a copy of Lair today, why not come back here and leave your impressions in the comments section? The reviews have been pretty controversial so far, so it would be nice hearing what the fans themselves think.

[Thanks everybody who sent this in]

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1. I just got back from GameStop not long ago and have not played it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. So far I heard it's extremely fun. I also reserved UT3.

Posted at 9:12PM on Aug 30th 2007 by Jimmy

2. EBGames up here in Canada says... Sept. 31. *sigh*

I think everyone's busy with Warhawk at the moment anyway =P.

Posted at 9:13PM on Aug 30th 2007 by Dahk

3. After playing through a few missions, here are my thoughts:

Graphics are spectacular... some of the best I've seen. Cutscenes are equally amazing.

Gameplay takes some getting used to, but once you figure out how to get the jist of the motion controls, it feels pretty natural, much like playing flOw.

Mission objectives are very similar to the Rogue Squadron series, simple yet not repetitive. I've only failed one mission so far and that was because I got killed, not from getting lost or confused as some reviewers have stated.

The sound is great too. The music is something out of an epic hollywood film and as an added bonus, the soundtrack has been added as an Extra in the game ;). Voice acting is also good.

From my experience so far, I would probably rate this game a 8.75-9/10.

Posted at 9:21PM on Aug 30th 2007 by Shori

4. Ya i got the phone call telling me it was on sale. It is a great game, graphics, gameplay, sound, controls all great. The controls are a little funky at first, but you get used to them real fast.


Posted at 9:38PM on Aug 30th 2007 by Merc_Soldier

5. yep, Gamestop surprised me by selling it to me tonight. Will play tomorrow when I can turn on my 5.1 system and get the entire affect.

Posted at 9:44PM on Aug 30th 2007 by PhillyVu

6. im with shori. i think the controls are a love it or hate it type of thing. im not a HUGE fan of motion controls (typically because i kick back in the la-z-boyee) but lair is pretty natural feeling. it does have a little learning curve (about 20-30 minutes to REALLY get it)... but after you get the hang of it... its pretty damn cool.

and the visuals are just.... wow. my adrenaline actually kicked up a few notches at the start of the game when you run out to the stables, and out of the darkness, you hear a snort and growl and your dragon slowly comes through the gate. the sound and graphics are just flat out jaw dropping (with the exception of the ground game... it kind of feels wimpy)

id give it a solid 8.75/10 as well.

Posted at 9:44PM on Aug 30th 2007 by Microdot

7. i dont care 4 it all that much

Posted at 9:45PM on Aug 30th 2007 by brandon

8. I'll have to wait on this one. Too close to the release of Heavenly sword.

Posted at 9:46PM on Aug 30th 2007 by drdre74

9. I was so exited about this game. But when I got it home I was in shock how bad the graphics are. There is alot of poppy and glitchyness. Also the controls are a little difficult however thats not the problem I have w it. It doesn't even hook you. Heavenly Sword better not be a let down like this.

Posted at 9:51PM on Aug 30th 2007 by brandon

10. Would the real factor 5 please stand up. I have been a fan of this company during the star wars years, so I was excited at the prospect of a dark Tolkien fantasy flight game. Every press release from F5 was talking about how intuitive the motion controls would be and how they were far superior to analog. I spent the duration of time trying to get my dragon to 180, while cursing the gods when it would sprint foward into a cliff side or into an enemy I was not aiming for. Before I go on for ten thousand words about how I hate the absents of analog controls, the game is pretty and the sound is top notch. But a shiny coat of paint on a Kia will not a Ferrari make.

Posted at 9:55PM on Aug 30th 2007 by frankenwookie

11. #8, you would rather spend your money on a game that will take you 7 hours max to finish?

Posted at 9:55PM on Aug 30th 2007 by twak

12. I just finished the protecting of the rice boats and the defence at the wall. Im starting to get the hang of it and mid rice fight started kicking ass. I whaled on them at the wall defence. Lots of game left to see how good I get at it.

Posted at 10:04PM on Aug 30th 2007 by wonway01

13. 11. because it will be the best 11 hours of your life dude. it really is something .. anyhow lair es las tetas .. 8.5

Posted at 10:10PM on Aug 30th 2007 by sectionz

14. Whelp, mixed emotions so far. May be a rental for me. The replay value is what I worry about. I mean Motorstorm is hard as hell as you get up in levels, and its fresh when you go back to it after a while. Don't know if I can get the same thing out of a game like this. I dunno.

30 minutes to Warhawk. I'm not pressed to dive into a new game anyway. Between R6 Vegas and Warhawk, I'm good for a while. Next thing I MUST have is COD 4. Everything else is a rental...guess I'm attracted to killing fools online...

Posted at 10:12PM on Aug 30th 2007 by Titty Pink

15. Sounds great!! I stopped at EB yesterday and they said Friday. Walked by there today and didn't go in and it might have been there. SHIIIIIIN!!!!!!
Thanks for the reviews guys. From what I gather, patience with the controls pays off while others are less patient and frustrated. I'll have it tomorrow!!!

Remember, its a dragon...not a jet fighter.

Posted at 10:17PM on Aug 30th 2007 by Matt B

16. Man, what an utter letdown.

This game is trash, people. The controls are on par with Red Steel as far as motion-sensing is concerned, and the fact that they're mandatory is completely retarded. I understand that Sony wants to make use of their little Sixaxis, but if you're going to subject us to such utter crap, give us a damn alternative.

Sure, the graphics are great, but the PS3 can't seem to handle them, or they were poorly optimized, because there is terrible framerate and screen tearing all over the place. It's disgusting that the game even got released in this state, and I wish I could have sent it back to the developer instead of EBGames.

Save your money.

Posted at 10:20PM on Aug 30th 2007 by Ithilis

17. WOW... gave it a 4.9/10

Posted at 10:23PM on Aug 30th 2007 by John T

18. I got a bit of experience with this today and let me tell you, it is hard going from Metroid Prime 3's framerate (solid 60fps) to this. The framerate is terrible -- you want 60fps and they give you 15fps. This has to be a big reason the controls feel unresponsive.

Perhaps it's not fair to compare it when I'm used to a game IGN gave a 9.5/10 and then going to one that failed to attain 5/10. There isn't much else to say. Save your money -- there are tons and tons of good games out right now and there is no reason to waste time on Lair.

Posted at 10:34PM on Aug 30th 2007 by thebigfatj

19. sad just sad

Posted at 10:51PM on Aug 30th 2007 by nevelo07

20. What a terrible game. When I started playing it I thought it was a joke. Save your money.

Posted at 10:54PM on Aug 30th 2007 by Frank Martinez

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