Playing Lost Dimension at E3 2015 was something that I was looking forward to. What I was not looking forward was the anxiety the game causes when you can’t trust your own party members. Why is that? Well, because they might try and kill you in the end. To stop this you have to pay attention to dialog and use your psychic ability to find the traitors and kill them before they kill you.
Every new game randomly chooses who is the traitor, so walkthroughs wont help when trying to weed out the traitor. At the end of every floor–which is about five battles–you are given the chance to vote who the traitor could be. I’m sure you could guess that whoever gets picked is the one to die so if this doesn’t stress you out now, it will when it comes down to choosing. Also, if by the end of the game you don’t vote off the right party members you will be killed…awesome.
The battle system is turn-based strategy, like Valkyria Chronicles. Each character has a different psychic ability, I enjoyed using Nagi Shishiouka because she could levitate up onto points in the map that other players can’t reach making it easy for her to join the fight quickly. The animations for special skills looked good on the PlayStation 3; I experienced no frame rate drops or lags even when facing multiple enemies and using each character’s skill. If you are able to surround an enemy you can even cause extra damage using characters that have already attacked, but only if they are close enough. This is a great strategy to use to get the most out of each player turn.
I had a lot of fun playing Lost Dimension; the only issue I had was the inability to speed up enemy turns, which is an option I always look for in strategy games. I also asked the Atlus team if Lost Dimension will be on the PlayStation Now service and they said, “not at this time.” So don’t put away your PlayStation 3’s just yet.
Lost Dimension is amazing in concept and demands to played multiple times. The battle system has a lot depth and the unpredictable dialog scenes will cause players to want to stay focused and make the right choices in order to survive.
Lost Dimension is coming to the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 on July 28.