Filthy lucre. Money; originally, money obtained dishonestly. For example, She didn’t like the job but loved the filthy lucre in the form of her weekly paycheck. This term comes from the Bible (Titus 1:11), where it refers to those who teach wrongly for the sake of money.
Filthy Lucre is also a new ‘top-down stealth shooter’ and first release from Manchester based studio Fabrik, fronted by ex- Sony Liverpool Director Graeme Ankers.
The writing team was offered a choice of games recently, and this name was mentioned, after a quick read and a look at the trailer I jumped on it before anyone else could!
I’ll be honest, I started feeling wary during the intro, faux bricktop gave me visions of ‘The Getaway’, so much so I had to google to see if any of the development team worked on the PS 2 stinker (I know it was acclaimed, and that may throw my credibility into disrepute, but I thought it was pants)
It seems, to an extent, my consternation was justified. I found this game clunky, and I think that’s the only way to describe it. I was still sold on the premise, mockney backstory aside, it looked like it would be a riot, I was all set to kick doors into people to save fallen allies and makes some cracking last ditch escapes. Instead what I got was pernickety gunplay and some half baked stealth that really involved trying to not make noise and waiting behind stuff. I’m sorry but that’s not a stealth game for me, MGS did that, and without the poor gunplay. I found myself willing levels to end and that made me a bit less stealthy. Sure, you could balls to the wall this one, and go all out, hail mary gung ho style, but that’s not easy either, you’re usually outmanned and outgunned, which you need to be obviously to make it a challenge, but it really only leaves you one way to play… and one course of action. It does open up a bit as your arsenal and skills improve, but by then it already feels a bit like going through the motions.
The sound is great, I especially enjoyed the weapon sounds and I felt the background music really drove the levels at times, though graphically I found it a bit lacking, I get that the game is going for a certain feel, maybe gritty / dingy, but it just came across as a bit smudged.
I wanted to really enjoy it, I really did, and I don’t feel it’s a million miles away from a cracking little game, but for me, it just fell short, which is a shame.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 6.5/10 Format: PC Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a review copy of Filthy Lucre for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of a week . For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.