Curiosity overcame me this time. There are some things in life I never thought I’d associate with sexual content, and Lovecraftian horror is one of them. I was very curious to see what Lovecraft’s monster would look like. Tentacled monsters, crazy beasts with huge mouths on their heads and multiple rows of razor-sharp teeth, and sea monsters aren’t exactly sexy. Will it just be a tentacle of henna? I can’t be the only one confused about this. Either way, sexually oriented adult content is not the kind of game I gravitate towards, but Lust from Beyond seemed to offer a lot of interesting horror and design elements. Did it make me excited or sad? Be careful, because everything will get dirty.
In Lust From Beyond, you play as Victor Holloway, a super horny antiques dealer who travels to the land of pain and pleasure every time he gets angry. When his visions begin to interfere with his love life, Victor decides to consult a special therapist who claims to be able to help him. During a visit to the doctor, Victor becomes involved in iconic affairs that push the boundaries of worldly pleasure. Victor soon finds out that he is the chosen one and that his ability to go to Lasstgaa is no accident.
Without giving too much away, it turns out that the two cultists are rivals who want to use your gift for different purposes. The two sects are very different in the way they operate, and my interest in the two sects is also very different. Scarlet Lodge is a large group that controls the town of Bleakmoor and organizes a large orgy in the town. While it sounds great, those leather-clad nerds aren’t really your thing. Scarlet Lodge is about sexual torture, murder, rape, dismemberment and outright beating.
Most of the game has to do with the lodge, and I wasn’t interested in that. It’s not that I can’t stand a good dose of gore, but a lot of it seemed to exceed the shock value. Some of them seemed very lame to me and I ended up laughing because the developer was clearly trying to make me feel uncomfortable. In the end, it was like being in a youth hostel: The second half, in which there was no moral ambiguity among the characters, was little more than the best murder porn.
The ecstasy cult takes a very different approach; they actually use consent in their orgies and do so without torture or killing. We learn that there is a cancer in the kingdom of Lasstgaa that is slowly eating away at it and making it bad. Cult of Ecstasy visits the realm often to help heal and enjoy the unique design. These parts of the game are my favorites. Exploring Lusst’ghaa and its crazy Lovecraft and Giger inspired designers is actually a lot of fun. You’ll meet creatures, collect powers and solve puzzles. Unfortunately, things only get better in this area in the final third of the game.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. There are a lot of twists and turns, most of which won’t shock you, but it’s interesting enough to keep you hooked. Some parts seemed drawn out, and some parts of The Scarlet Lodge just didn’t appeal to me. However, the addition of weapons, tools and systems kept Lust from Beyond from becoming a walking simulation. Yes, in some cases you have the ability to fight opponents. Armed with a knife and later a gun, you can take out various enemies. However, don’t expect to have problems in every situation.
There’s a panic bar, similar to Amnesia, where you lose your mind if you look at something particularly confusing or scary. If you don’t use pills to restore your mental health, you could slip up and go crazy. Unfortunately, I never felt like there were enough situations where I could go crazy. You’ve always had enough medicine. There are also improvements you can find in Lusst’ghaa that can improve your health, mental health or exercise. Thus, the rise in the level of reason has made the system almost meaningless.
Lusst’ghaa’s puzzles will also evolve as you unlock your main skill. I have to say that a few of the puzzles got me thinking about the solution. However, most puzzles are self-explanatory or require you to explore and use objects in a certain order. While the bulk of Lust is exploration and background puzzles, it’s a shame that the movements are so clunky.
If you’ve come this far, you’re probably wondering what erotica is. I didn’t want to get ahead of myself. It’s clear that Lust from Beyond is categorized as an erotic horror game, and there’s no shortage of punchlines. Almost everything is infused with sexual symbolism. Naked statues are all over the house, dildos and pocket pussies in the drawers. The beginning of the game remains fairly quiet when it comes to the full power scene. From halfway through the film, however, you see orgies, rape scenes, monstrous beatings and so on. I mean all nine. There is full penetration in these scenes: This is not a softcore movie. Mostly it was infuriating, but there were some scenes that provoked an unpleasant reaction in me.
Visually, the Lust looks good on the outside. Most environments, especially in Lasstgaa, are well designed. There are nice details throughout and pretty good lighting that makes some scenes look better. This is very clearly in a different area. Some of Lasstgaa’s paintings and drawings are impressive and I enjoyed exploring these places. As the areas opened up to huge Lovecraft-inspired tombs, and then I walked along Giger-inspired paths, I was visually engaged the entire time. There are a few areas, especially in the actual segments, that have poorly textured parts and objects, but for the most part the environments are well done. Unfortunately, the character models need some polishing, which is a shame when it comes to the sex scenes.
The sound design is just outwardly salacious, the weakest department of Beyond. The voice acting ranges from very poor to just passable with a stultified performance. The dubbing itself was often the cause of many unflattering moments in the scene. The general sound effects are present, but don’t add much to the scenes and are of poor quality. The same goes for the soundtrack. There is something there, it tries to bring mystery and suspense to the scenes, but it never managed to captivate me like a horror game should. Sound quality, well-used effects, and suspenseful music are key elements of the horror game, and I felt like they weren’t all up to par.
Honestly, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I know you’re looking at the score and confused by this statement, but I originally thought it would be cheap crap designed to make quick money off of horny players. Cough, pain, cough. Indeed, there is quite an effort behind it, even if the whole thing has landed badly with me. I really enjoyed the parts with Lusst’ghaa and the erotic parts of the sex didn’t seem overdone. In fact, it’s the mountain part that I think could be toned down a bit. Many of these sections look like forced shocks, and that kind of horror doesn’t work for me either. Lust from Beyond has some good ideas and doesn’t stop at a simple walking simulation or a full-blown erotic game. I wouldn’t recommend it to the general public, but if you like the genre, you’ll probably enjoy it.
|The environment is well designed, despite some areas with little texture, but the character models leave a lot to be desired.||Simple game design with minimal combat. The movements are clunky, which is a shame because exploration and environmental puzzles are a big part of the gameplay.|
|Only quality in this department with a very variable, moderately stiff and awkward voice. The overall sound effects and soundtrack are present, but nothing that enhances the experience.||A bit of a mixed bag, as I really liked some aspects of the Kingdom of Lasstgaa. However, too much of the game takes place in real-life murder and rape situations that rely too much on shock value.|
|Last block : 5.5|
Lust Outside is now available on PC.
Seen on a PC with i7-9700k, RTX 2070 and 16gb RAM.
A copy of Lust from the Other World was made available by the publisher.
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