Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise

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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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Metro GameCentral

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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80 / 100
Oct 23, 2018

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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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GameMAG

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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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JVL
Julius007

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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