By: Andre Evans/Senior Writer
You stand at a terminal, pressing the keys slowly as you enter the word “moon” in. Experimentation, Assurance, Offense. You choose one, the ship taking you to an alien world. This is where you either meet your quota or die.
Lethal Company is a co-op horror game where you travel to different moons to collect scrap and sell your gatherings to The Company, meeting quota and making profit. The core gameplay loop of Lethal Company is just that; going to a moon, collecting scrap, and surviving. On these moons you’ll find several different dangerous enemies and creatures, whether they lay in the forests and dunes of the planet, or inside the factories each planet has with the most scrap.
These creatures make up the survival horror aspect of the game, with several different enemy types that can randomly spawn to spice up each and every encounter. Some of these include giant spiders, dogs that are blind and use sound to locate its prey, to even pure black monsters with piercing white eyes that try to sneak up on you to snap your neck. It becomes even worse when you have to deal with multiple of these monsters at once, which can create intense gameplay that makes you feel right out of something like Alien or The Thing.
However, despite being legitimately terrifying at times, the best strength of Lethal Company is the multiplayer aspect and all the comedic hilarities it brings when playing with friends. Often just interacting with the environment alone will cause something to happen. One anecdote I can think of is talking to a friend in the ship, and not realizing there were three blind dogs outside hearing us speak, before unfortunately getting ambushed by them, causing the both of us to scream before our characters were killed. Situations like that can create incredibly funny moments, like a dark comedy of sorts.
A huge bonus to the game as well is that its graphics are relatively barebones. While some may see this as a negative, I do not. Quite the opposite in fact, it creates two huge strengths for the game. The visuals are more unique than any other game I’ve seen, having a polygonal type look while being shaded in a way where I can see an out of context image of the game and know it’s the game. And, it makes it accessible to people that don’t have high end machines to play this game on. While it is PC only currently, even older laptops can run the game relatively easily. And, with a $10 price tag, it makes it accessible to most people, even those with less income, due to its relatively low price tag.
Overall, Lethal Company is a great time with friends that will allow for both fantastic funny moments you’ll remember for years, and even legitimately good horrific atmosphere. I suggest that most people should at least give the game a try. I think it’ll be worth your time.
Available through Steam.