Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise

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Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is ranked in the 52nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

44%

Critics Recommend

Based on 45 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Oct 4, 2018

Sega's marriage between its best-selling series and the cult anime ends up sloppy and half-hearted.

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Scored Reviews

GamePitt
9.6 / 10.0
9.6 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is yet another masterpiece from the team behind the amazing Yakuza franchise. When you’re not making your way through the 25+ hour main story missions, you’ll be getting lost within the abundance of sub-stories, mini-games, and even spending many hours running a hostess club and serving at a cocktail bar! There is never a dull moment within the apocalyptic wastelands, as you encounter hordes of enemies, cause a lot of internal combustion, and beat the living crap out of each and every delinquent you come across. If you’re hungry for more Yakuza, but want a splash of anime with the insanity cranked up to 11, look no further. Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is nothing short of the best anime-based action-adventure game I’ve ever played.

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PlayStation Galaxy
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2018

Overall, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is a gem in your digital library and your physical gaming shelf. If you want to feel manly and do deadly Kung Fu, just pop this in the PlayStation 4 and you are set for a long and awesome adventure.

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Electric Bento
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise leans heavily upon what has come before. Borrowing the best elements of the Yakuza franchise – tight and elaborate fighting controls, quirky characterizations and dialogue, eccentric sub-stories, and compelling mini-games – this post-apocalyptic brawler beats up the competition to become the best video game adaptation of the source material so far

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Hobby Consolas
89 / 100
89 / 100
Oct 1, 2018

Fist of the North Star feels like the perfect anime adaptation. It has the looks, the bloody combat sequences and the free roaming through the wasteland, with many collectibles, minigames and some surprises for Sega fans, although it doesn´t feel as polished as a Yakuza Game.

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Heavy
8.8 / 10.0
Heavy

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise works well as a love letter to the manga/anime and Yakuza games that inspired it.

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WellPlayed
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2018

A striking and surprising mashup of a long running game series and even longer running anime proves that the Yakuza studio shows no signs of slowing down

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Wccftech
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2018

Lost Paradise is most certainly based upon the Yakuza framework in most ways, but there's a sense of growth and expansion that Kamurocho simply can't match. From exploring the wasteland to fisting your way to glory, Kenshiro's path to reclaiming his love will require hitting the streets, rescuing lost children, and powering up to become one of the strongest acupressure practitioners the world has ever seen.

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Gaming Gamma
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2018

Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise is seriously a good game, and is honestly one of the best anime based video games I have ever played. The game does an amazing job of putting you in the shoes of Kenshiro, and allows you to lay waste to hordes of baddies in an over the top and gruesome manner. The mix between this series and Yakuza honestly seems like a match made in heaven, and at times it truly is.

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VGProfessional
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is, in many ways, the ultimate power fantasy videogame. Every aspect of it has been designed from the ground up to make the player feel like the biggest, baddest guy on the block. Sure, its core structure and gameplay loop borrow judiciously from the Yakuza series, but its combat, writing, and overall tone strike enough of a difference to make it its own thing. If you’re a fan of the manga on the lookout for a great videogame adaptation, this is absolutely the game for you. Although, I think Yakuza fans, or even people who just enjoy damn good videogames will have a hell of a good time with Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2018

Though it feels less developed than the more recent Yakuza offerings, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise still provides plenty of head exploding bang for your buck.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 23, 2018

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Just Push Start
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 1, 2018

Even if it sounds like I'm against Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, it's actually a solid game. It might have the same feel as the original story, but manages to retain the charm that made the original series great. While combat isn't the best, defeating foes in an excessively violent way can be a lot of fun, ignoring the fact you might see the same finisher 10 times in an hour. Toss in some new characters, plenty to do and some of the same of the Yakuza series and you have an adventure that will probably delight fans of either.

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neXGam
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2019

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise shows how well SEGA's excellent Yakuza recipe can be adapted to other topics. Although I saw the anime as a teenager, I was never a fan of it. This game entertained me well with its proven build but 40 hours and brought me closer to this world than ever before. The small innovations and deviations, such as driving a car are nice distinctions to SEGA's underworld epic. Overall, although I prefer the Yakuza series clear, but especially for fans of the template, this game could, conversely, ensure that they finally find about Yakuza. I'm looking forward to more licenses, which are implemented with this typical gameplay!

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 18, 2018

Although Yakuza fans are certain to notice its imperfections, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise still exceeds expectations. The fighting system is so good that even the battles with the lowliest of lowlifes are entertaining. Every boss fight ranges from great to fantastic. They are exactly what long-time fans of the anime and manga franchise deserve. Then again, some gamers might just be happy to get a Fist of North Star game that's actually satisfying. It's been far too long since the last remotely decent one.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 1, 2018

When it comes to making you feel like the coolest person around, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise succeeds on every level. While its structure may borrow a little too heavily from the Yakuza series, combat is the real differentiator with unforgettable techniques that'll really leave a mark and combos to finish off even the most foreboding of enemies. Those looking for their next dose of Japanese flair will most certainly be hooked, because Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is everything we were hoping it would be.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2018

You might not initially think that the story of a Yakuza member fighting for control of the streets of Tokyo would make a good template for a tale about post-apocalyptic warriors battling over resources (and pride), but Sega's Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is the best game the beloved manga series has ever seen. While the experience does have some failings, they're nothing protagonist Kenshiro can't shake off.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 1, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise offers a solid display of drama and action that captures exactly what makes the series so great.

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Digitally Downloaded
Oct 8, 2018

It's good. It's really, really good. The combat alone demonstrates that while everyone who plays Yakuza games remembers everything but the combat, even that "forgotten" element in the formula, when brought to the fore, is still very deserving of a player's time.

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IGN Spain
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2018

A game that will be perfect for Hokuto No Ken fans, but that lacks a little bit of everything for those who don't love the original manga-anime.

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ZTGD
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

In the end, players will get a pretty fun beat 'em up that is both serious and zany at the same time.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise will undoubtedly appeal to fans of the series. For others, the wacky combat is the main draw, which should be enough to offset some pacing and story issues.

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GearNuke
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise sounds like a great concept on paper, but it has a clumsy execution. The slow pace in the start is a major hurdle but the game vastly improves in every aspect afterward. The combat is exciting with brutal finishers, and the side content is fun, even if most of it suffers from repetition. It is a solid game to recommend to Yakuza fans although it is best to play it with low expectations.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2018

If you ever wondered what it would be like if Kazuma Kiryu gained like 200 lbs and fell into the Mad Max universe, well that's Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise summed up pretty neatly. On the other side of the coin, Fist of the North Star fans will have a blast tearing it up as Kenshiro, but those still hoping for a great video game adaptation of the classic manga may come away disappointed in that respect. Rather than adapting the story, Ryu ga Gotoku Studio puts its own spin on the IP, with an attempt to fit themes and characters into the irreverent Yakuza mold. It's somewhat awkward at first, as it struggles to introduce the characters and world in a compelling way, but once it leans on its strengths, it's easy to lose plenty of time with the various side activities and snappy combat. It's not quite Hokuto no Ken, but it's definitely Hokuto ga Gotoku.

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The Games Machine
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise recreates the feeling of fighting and the charisma of the characters of Hokuto no Ken quite faithfully. The authors have conceded some creative freedom compared to the original material and this could annoy the fans, but the game developed by the authors of Yakuza manages to entertain the players despite the many flaws.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 1, 2018

Hokuto Ga Gotoku is clearly one of the best, if not the best, Fist of the North Star video games. Using the Yakuza system was a good idea as it fits with the FOTNS like a glove. It's just too bad that the game runs on Yakuza 0's and not Yakuza 6's engine.

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GameSpew
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is a good game but not a great one. It's the best Fist of the North Star game yet, but when all the others have been average at best, it's not that much of an achievement.

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Softpedia
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2019

All in all, if you are a fan of gratuitous anime violence coupled with some heartwarming moments that alleviate some of the guilt, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is the right game for you.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2018

Even without knowledge of the source material, Lost Paradise showcases an interesting world and story full of twists and turns, but it's held back by a lethargic pace and repetitious combat

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise may not reach the highs of the Yakuza series that it is so clearly based on, but it's got more than enough spark to make the journey worthwhile for fans craving something new.

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Saudi Gamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 11, 2018

Probably the best FotNS adaptation and one of the best anime adaptations, but a low budget and slow, meandering plot makes for an uneven experience, one that is capable of exciting you as well as bore you.  

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 1, 2018

If you're looking for a solid brawler with a dramatic story that samples from perhaps one of the most iconic shounen manga you should definitely consider giving Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise a shot.

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viewport
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 15, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise can be appreciated for taking the base combat system and changing up the attack styles and enemy variety to more effectively reflect the established lore of the FotNS franchise. The weak story and somewhat ineffective use of the game world leaves a lot to be desired and may make it difficult for those looking for an in-depth story with a more incorporated game-world. Despite that, it creates a spectacle that fans will likely enjoy seeing as well as attract anime junkies to a more "extreme" Yakuza brawler.

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MonsterVine
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Oct 11, 2018

It isn’t quite as top-notch as one of the recent Yakuza titles, but Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is still an overall enjoyable brawler.

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GamePro
70 / 100
70 / 100
Nov 5, 2018

A Mix of the proven Yakuza gameplay and familiar anime license that suffers from a modest combat system and poor graphics.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 5, 2018

Sure to appeal to Yakuza fans as much as Fist of the North Star aficionados, Lost Paradise provides an absorbing trek around a captivating post-apocalyptic universe. Appropriately enough, Sega doesn't pull any punches in adapting Buronson and Hara's gratuitous and violent world – definitely don't play this around kids, though.

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New Game Network
65 / 100
65 / 100
Oct 11, 2018

Lost Paradise has something to offer for fans of Yakuza and Fist of the North Star, but it never reaches the full potential of its source material. With some more time in the oven, this could have been a game for the ages.

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Goomba Stomp
6 / 10.0
Goomba Stomp
Maxwell N
6 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2018

A good enough time, but one that waters down both the "Yakuza" and "Fist of the North Star" properties.

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Gamers Heroes
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 10, 2018

While Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise does have a number of glaring issues, the variety and quality of side content, thrilling combat, and protagonist with an attitude that can rival Kiryu's make it a worthwhile experience.

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
Oct 10, 2018

The main plot of First of the North Star: Lost Paradise is quite good with its twists and surprises, but the pale and boring repetitive battles, weak riding on the lifeless wasteland and outdated graphics will in every way prevent you from loving this story.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise can be fun for someone invested in the series, but has too many hurdles that can prevent a new player from enjoying it.

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Screen Rant
Oct 5, 2018

The studio between Yakuza Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise adapts the manga series to PlayStation 4 with solid results

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Destructoid
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2018

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is a passionate retelling of one of history's most violent, bare-bones, and overwhelmingly macho tales. In that capacity, it does a great job. But it's not quite the masterpiece it could have been, let down by repetition, unlock grinds, and a lack of polish in narrative and mechanics. Regardless, with bucket-loads of adventure on offer, and a cathartic dose of the old ultra-violence, Lost Paradise is a fine weekend-filler, and a proud reflection of its legendary source material.

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JVL
12 / 20
JVL
Julius007

Top Critic

12 / 20
Oct 9, 2018

Fist of the North Star': Lost Paradise gives us a mixed impression': if we find the series'mythology through its characters and the combat system again, the rest gives the feel of playing to a poor copy of Yakuza. Those who seek a good dose of ultra-violence and the Hokuto techniques will enjoy a good time with this game. Still, once more with a game showing Kenshiro and its lore, we can't help feeling that it's a great waste.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

6 / 10
Oct 8, 2018

A bizarre mix of Yakuza and hyper violent 80s anime that never really makes much sense but still offers some enjoyable surprises.

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