'Tis the season of the time loop. If you have any space left in your brain after Deathloop for more groundhog day-like shenanigans, you might be interested in Lemnis Gate, a strategic first-person shooter that launched today. It pits players against each other in 1v1 and 2v2 matches, letting you plan out moves in 25 second-long rounds. It sounds a little confusing, but seems pretty fun. It also has some excellent-looking sci-fi backgrounds and laser guns, which is truly the most important part.
For the longest time I kept mixing up this and Splitgate, the Halo-with-Portals shooter that came out a few weeks ago. It's also not to be confused with Quantum League, a more cartoon-y shooter with similar time looping mechanics.
In Lemnis Gate, matches take place inside time loops. Rounds are turn-based, and you have 25 seconds to make your move - shooting someone, repositioning, setting up a teammate, that sort of thing (or all of the above if you're quick). In the turns after, you'll see what other players have chosen to do, and get a chance to change your actions.
It's not just you running around with a gun either, you'll have NPCs on your team to control, and enemy bots to take out too. It all sounds a little complicated, but from my understanding the time loop gives you a chance to be as strategic as possible by fixing mistakes, predicting enemies, and even tricking them into making the wrong move.
While I'm not keen on strategy games, I do like shooters with weird gimmicks, so I'm pretty up for giving this a go. Truthfully, I'm mostly drawn to Lemis Gate because of all the sci-fi abilities and tools. In that trailer I can see bubble shields, cool grenades and dual laser pistols. I hope they feel nice to shoot.