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