First Playthrough (4/19/2021)
Disclaimer: This is the Ludo Narra Con 2021 Demo of the game and therefore it is best to realize
that the following gameplay footage of Lake is either an alpha version, beta version, early access or, demo of the game. Therefore, the footage you see may or may not be featured in the final version of the game, also there may be some noticeable bugs in the
Lake is a heartfelt story that is currently in development with a release date set for the Summer of 2021. In Lake, you play as Meredith Weiss, a developer who is going back
to her small hometown in Providence Oaks, Oregon to take over her dad’s job as a mail carrier for two weeks. Upon arriving in her hometown she is met by Frank, the current mail carrier. I realize that this a demo of Lake, and although the game
is beautiful there were a lot of bugs in the demo, and because the game is in development with a potential release date of Summer 2021, I did want to bring attention to some of the bugs I encounter with the hopes that the developers would be able to fix them
before the launch of the game so that the launch of the games smooth.
The first bug I encountered in the game was during the intro as Frank picks up Meredith. They get to the service center outside of
town and they just kind of sit there in silence. There is no dialogue whatsoever, and then Meredith just gets out of the truck. So, I was a bit confused like did she get out because it got awkwardly silent, or was she supposed to be doing something. I mean
to be fair the dialogue between Meredith and Frank cuts out before the title screen pops up. So after walking around a bit with the hopes this would trigger something I finally ended up having to skip the intro of the game.
After skipping the intro of the game I ended up at the post office and was told to go deliver the packages, which wasn’t surprising as this is what she came back to the town to do. However, there wasn’t much of a tutorial on how to do this
task and I had to figure it out myself. I’m not sure if it is explained in the intro, but I was able to figure out the controls as I went through.
The next bug I encountered was when I discover that
you can either drive to the location or use autopilot. I auto-piloted to the General Store and this was sort of a mistake as I was already at the general store and the camera zonked out and put me into the first-person mode, and I had no idea how to get out
of the first-person mode or if there is even supposed to be the first-person mode. Eventually, I was able to get out of the first-person mode when Meredith went to the back of the mail truck to pull out a package.
Once you figure out how the delivery system works the game is pretty fun and is very relaxing. Meredith drops of packages and gets to have conversations with the locals. Which is where I encounter my next bug. When Meredith goes to drop off the package
to the Cat Lady Miss Jenkins she does not look at her to talk she stares off into space to talk to her. I don’t know why this occurs but she just keeps talking to her by not looking at her, which was a bit scary.
Another bug that pops up or maybe this is like a spur of the moment thing is as Meredith goes to drop off her last piece of mail, a package pops up for the service center which was not on the list at all, so it threw me by surprise when it popped up.
Nonetheless, I delivered that package and then was onto my last stop where I gave a piece of mail to a lumberjack who talked to Meredith and then cut the conversation short, so that left me intrigued on what was going on but because this is a Demo, I know
that that won’t be answered until the game’s full release.
So Meredith is then asked to return to the Post Office, which is where I encountered my last bug of the demo she gets to the Post
Office and ends the day. After ending the day the game takes over and everything disappears and it’s just a parking lot and scenery. The town seems to have disappeared and the Post Office is gone. So I walked around a bit and fell through the scenery
and this ended my gameplay of the demo.
The good thing about the game is that this was only a Demo, so this does not reflect on how the finished product will be, so the reason I choose to point out the
bugs is that I want the game to do well because it is relaxing and I am invested in the story. Like, I would love to know exactly why Meredith returns home. Yes, she is filling in for her father but after 22 years away why are you returning home now. What
happened to her father?
Another good thing about the game was there was Voice Acting in the game so it made it easier to follow, and made it even more interesting to watch and play. Having the voice acting pulls you in and gives the characters
life which is good. I just hope the bugs are fixed before the game fully releases.
Otherwise, if you are looking for a heartfelt story about returning home and doing the right thing. Then I suggest you Wishlist
Lake for PC Via Steam.