Our Score: 9/10
It’s hard to explain Lemnis Gate because simply saying it’s a First Person Shooter is doing it a disservice. Ratloop Games Canada has achieved something here that is quite mind-bending. They’ve created a multiplayer game around time looping and it’s ingenious.
We often hear the term “Meanwhile he’s playing 4D chess-backgammon”. And that’s what Lemnis Gate is honestly. Sure your aiming skills are important but if you’re not playing smart, you’re not going to do well.
What is Lemnis Gate?
2021 seems to be a great year for Time Loop games. And Lemnis Gate is very much one of those games. It is a first-person shooter with a strong emphasis on time. You have 25 seconds to execute your actions. What you do in those 25 seconds is up to you. So essentially, it is a turn-based first-person shooter. Which technically, doesn’t make any sense but it works brilliantly.
Lemnis Gate features a host of characters for you to pick from. Each with their own distinct load-outs and abilities. There’s so much to experiment with over here and given the time loop mechanics, there is so much improvisation.
To help with this improvisation and to fully make 200IQ mega brain plays, you can choose to play as the whole team. You can’t blame your teammates when you’re playing as all five operatives.
There are quite a few game modes at launch for you to try your hand at. But when it comes to game modes, you have good old Seek and Destroy where you destroy the opponent’s Resistors. Then there is Domination where you need to capture zones. You always have Capture The Flag with Retrieve XM but here you need to collect resources and bring them back to your gate. And finally, no multiplayer shooter would complete without a Deathmatch mode.
Besides these game modes, there are different Match Types. You have 1v1 matches with a sub-option for Turn-Based or Simultaneous turns. And then you also have 2v2 matches that are more complex. You have Turn-Based and Simultaneous here as well but besides these, you have two other modes. The first one is Teammates Play Together. In this, you and your teammate do your turn at the exact same time after which the opposing team takes their turn. The other is Enemies Play Together. Where it differentiates here is that instead of you and your teammate going together, you and one of the other opponent players go at the same time. And then after that, your teammate and second opponent player take their turn.
Look and Feel of Lemnis Gate
Lemnis Gate is visually fantastic. It has such a fun and impressive visual design that helps keep things clean but still beautiful to look at. All the operators also have distinct silhouettes which is always a plus in class-based shooters.
The variety on display when it comes to maps and level design is nothing to scoff at. From the gorgeous Chimera map that is all about sick reflections and the breathtaking night sky to the mossy underground rocky cavern of the Devil’s Lair, the maps are just outstanding.
The sound design is absolutely on point and very satisfying. From the weapon noises to the sounds of the characters and environmental effects, everything is crisp, clean, and most important, distinct.
Lemnis Gate is an incredible first-person shooter that mixes turn-based elements with a time loop that forces you to play smart. You will make risky moves and some crazy 200IQ decisions in an attempt to stay ahead of your opponent. It is such a refreshing take on the first-person genre and I hope this game gets the love and support it deserves
Lemnis Gate is out now on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 & Xbox One.