Friday, October 21, 2011

Review: LSD

 It actually stands for something else.
Publisher: OutSide Directors Company
Developer: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Release Date: 1998

UPDATE: Enter the LSD-themed contest here.

I once had a dream in which everyone in the world was in a constant state of fear. The scary part was that there was no threat. People were scared for some reason and were preparing for the worst to come. However, nothing happened because my dream ended very abruptly. I can easily call this the scariest dream I've ever had. We've all had our share of dreams both good and bad; especially the creator of this game, LSD, a dream simulator in which you travel into the world of dreams. The story behind the development of this game started with a simple dream journal kept by one of the Asmik Ace Entertainment employees. The book contained many strange dreams and was used as a reference in the development of the game's world. I've been interested in this game for a long time and find the concept of experiencing the dreams of another person to be very fascinating.

That's the story BEHIND the game but the story IN the game is nonexistent.  LSD has one objective: experience 365 days worth of dreams filled with bizarre environments and strange NPCs and objects. You wander around in first person taking in all the bizarreness until the dream ends. You do not shoot enemies, solve puzzles, or talk to people. Instead, you walk into walls, NPCs, and objects to transport yourself to another area in the current dream. After your dream is over, whether it be from falling off a ledge or being attacked by something, a chart determines whether your dream was vibrant and filled with activity or if everything was dark with nothing happening at all. I just described to you the entire game and even though it may sound boring and repetitive, sometimes it is, it really is very interesting, and at times, disturbing to play.

 For example, the game has a dark, shady, urban city called the Violent District. You'll be walking around this area and might spot what appears to be a female in the distance. Getting closer immediately causes her head to fall and and she will attack you. That's just the tip of the iceberg; in LSD you'll encounter floating elephants, stacks of chairs, rainbow penguins, rockets, creepy suns, sumo wrestlers, demon babies, trumpet players, bulls, faces with legs, and much more. The environments are just as strange with colored skies and strange repeating textures that makes you wonder if LSD was actually involved during the development of this game. If that's not enough you also get to listen to one of the weirdest soundtracks in gaming history. It's hard to call it a soundtrack because the music is composed of random, repeating, annoying sounds that are just as unpredictable as the dreams you travel in.

LSD is not a survival horror game but has the tendency to scare you or at least make you jump. The Grey Man, possibly the antagonist of the game, loves to jump out of no where and scare the shit out of you. It's as if you had a dream that slowly turned into a nightmare. The more you play the more twisted and bizarre the environments become. Instead of the usual weird floor textures you get these kanji symbols that are scattered everywhere. Everything just gets more and more disturbing as you progress through the days. The poor graphics only help the game become that much more disturbing. LSD is a rare and unique entry in the Playstation's library. It's not perfect though; the controls are wonky. Moving the camera isn't smooth and crossing through small rooms and hallways might cause you to accidentally hit a wall and leave the area. The graphics aren't great and if you hate doing the same thing over and over in a game then you may want to skip this one because wandering around and looking at stuff is all you do. Still,  LSD is definitely something to try if you're a gamer interested in playing offbeat games.

21 comments:

  1. Seems like a game I'll stay away from. Love the conecpt but me and scary games dont go well together.

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  2. I love this game. It's so interesting and scary....It would be great if some sort of sequel were made on some other person's dream diary. Haha.

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  3. I wish theyd remake this game, not the graphics but the controls and audio (not music).

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  4. Yeah! I love these type of games!
    I collect all games that have an unique concept(The one of a kind games). The first time I saw this game was over a year ago, but still didn't managed to get a copy! They're not even on Ebay!

    Can anybody help me with getting this game? Thank you in advance!!

    PS. I know it's on the jap psn store, but I prefer to have a physic copy!

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    1. yeah.. there are lots on ebay right now for $300 if you really don't want to download a 400mb file for $0

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  5. Hey. Um, your blog isn't really reviewing "forgotten games" rather reviewing "Old Games". LSD and some other titles you have reviewed on this blog are actually pretty well known or just aren't as popular as they were when they came out. Though, far from "forgotten"...

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  6. Hah, sorry, but if the games reviewed here aren't as popular as they were when they came out. I think alot of people forgotten these games!

    So I think the webmaster is doing a great job here!! Thank you for that!

    Maybe a suggestion for one of your next entries, Baby universe!! Not really a game, but an interactive kaleidoscope! LOVE it though, they should do a HD remake of this one!!
    Another suggestion is Aquanaut's holiday for the ps1 aswel ass the PS3! The english edition of that one is selling for more than EU150 on ebay!!

    Cheers!

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  7. I want this game so bad. ive been trying to get it for 2 years now. It seems like there is no way to get it.

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  8. There is, but it's expensive.

    http://www.gamebaz.com/?a=i&i=26344U

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  9. Everyone listen up. Get high on any drug and play this game.

    That is all

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  10. F*** the Po-LEECE!
    love the Nixrokn

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  11. I'm playing it right now. Emulators are your friend! Try searching "LSD: Dream Emulator"

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  12. No seriously, fuckin drop a tab and try.

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  13. Did the real Notch just comment here?!?

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  14. Nope. mojang.net brings me to a webpage very reminiscent of this very game.

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  15. Holy shit this is a terrible article. 'tip of the iceburg'? 'like they were on lsd'? Wow, what are you, 85? Who he fuck uses that term anynore? And your attempts at humour are cringeworthy. You get so many facts about this game wrong, and state things that arent even in the game like some obsessed fanboi. Never write articles again, or please kill yourself, waste of oxygen.

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    1. Good Evening Retard of Earth.

      From what I have read and compared with in this article, it is completely accurate.

      Please go eat AIDS infested food and die.

      Thank You,

      Fellow Web User

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    2. In the distant future, due to endless years of increasing resource consumption and pollution, combined with natural, and man-made processes, will likely result in a world without iceburgs, so I guess in the year 2179, nobody will use that term anymore :)

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  16. What exactly are these things that I stated that weren't in the game?

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  17. I like playing this game by hunting bizarre creatures and later gonna post it.

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