“ Published by: Ubisoft / Publisher: Ubisoft / Genre: Action / Output Signal Supported: 720p / HDTV Support: HDTV Support / Audio Support: Dolby Digital 5.1 / ESRB Descriptor: Violence / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Language / ESRB Descriptor: Alcohol Reference / ESRB Descriptor: Blood / ESRB Descriptor: Tobacco Reference / Max. Number Of Players: 1 / Release Date: February, 2008 „
Games that come about from movies and tv shows generally turn out to be a disappointment to fans and I went into this game expecting much the same. I'll start of by saying that if you are not a Lost fan then this game is definately not for you. The game only really serves as giving fans something new based around the happenings of season 1.
The gameplay revolves around you running around the island completing various tasks as you try to recover your memories after the crash. The game is presented in episodes with a 'previously on' segment preceding each. The story is interesting enough but ultimately does little to further any understanding of what is going on on the island. Graphics and voice work are fairly poor also but meeting the passengers of 815 is still fun.
The game is presented nicely, but this is definately a fans only game and even then I would recommend only renting or finding it for a fiver as it is not a long game or an experience which you'll look to replay later.
Games that are adapted from either TV shows or films are notorious for being just down right terrible. Lost: The Video Game is no exception, a poorly made, if ambitiously premised game that just can't deliver the same level of intrigue, suspense and intelligence as the TV show can. Despite impressive visuals, it's a pretty limp effort that's just not very much fun to play ultimately.
You play Elliott Maslow, a no-namer passenger on the doomed flight that crashed on "The Island", who basically has no REAL consequence on the events of the show and is basically a way for the developers to just knock out a cheap buck from a mildly good idea. The main game involves lots of puzzle solving and mystery-based adventure play, using the status of the character as an amnesic to play flashbacks that give the player clues as to what to do next. The problem is that it's just not very exciting and quite a boring slog, despite the fact that you meet the Black Smoke monster and encounter the other characters. This is just a lifeless, crass cash-in on the enigmatic series.
Lost fans might get a small pleasure out of it, but even as one myself, I didn't really enjoy this: the graphics are decent but some of the likenesses are quite awful, and honestly it's clear that some of the voice actors have been replaced. What's more, it plays far too safe and doesn't at all interact intimately with the real Lost storyline, making it ultimately quite a pointless game. Also, some of the tasks are frustratingly inert, meaning you'll probably fall asleep performing them, and there's not much of an incentive to finish the game, despite it being only about five hours long.
The video game for one of the biggest television programs of the century.
What can I say? The game is absolutely stunning graphically. To begin with, you are met with the plane crash; perfect realism, the jungle looks amazing with grass and leaves moving with your body. The beach looks beautiful with a realistic camp. Faces, on the whole, look really good. Some look a bit odd and some are just poor when light is reflected on them. Building interiors look perfect and realistic to the show.
The attention to detail is on the whole is very good; the beach features numerous tents but is unrealistically unpopulated throughout. You wouldn't recognise parts of the jungle anywhere. The buildings are wonderful; each of the stations is exact to the show, they feature all the same parts and look amazing. The characters all look and where the right clothes, voices are not done by the same person as the show which is a real and noticeable let down, many characters are missing and the ones included aren't used very often.
This is a major problem with this game. The gameplay looks and feels fine but there is just not enough to do. The majority of the game revolves around walking through the jungle or talking to people on the beach. This is done simply by preset questions which you are given answers to. There is no combat other having to shoot two bits of dynamite and a person. The only exhilarating part of this game is getting through the jungle whilst avoiding the black smoke. The main challenge of the game is the occasional "fuse puzzle", which are tedious, and three so-called IQ tests on computers.
The award winning Lost series is known for its immense, deep storyline. However the game doesn't feature this. Many characters' stories cross and are shown but in this game you can only control the one new character. He has lost his memory and through flashbacks which involve you taking a piece from a torn up blurred picture. Your aim then becomes sorting out something that happened pre-island. The game really should use the other characters and their deep backgrounds to add depth to this game.
To sum this up it is a poor TV show tie-in, with next gen graphics but gameplay from a poor standard PS2 game. To diehard Lost fans, this may be enjoyable for a short while of time (the game only lasting around six hours) but it is not a great representation of the TV show.
We all know by now that the majority of film-to-game adaptations don't tend to push the medium all that close to its limits, but an increasing trend of late has been for developers to have their turn with TV series adaptations. I knew little of Lost having never succumbed to watching it, which gave me the rare opportunity to dive into the game with a clean slate and no prior baggage. Who knows, maybe the opportunity to play such a game without fretting over continuity and faithfulness to the source material would make for a refreshing change?
But no, in the real world (or at least, the real gaming-world) stuff like that doesn't happen all that often and predictably enough, Lost: The Video Game is, to be blunt, rubbish. Regardless of whether you're a die-hard fan or like me, just after a good slice of adventuring, it comes up way short of the mark. Most tie-ins at least present a few novel gimmicks that in some way link with the original material, but Lost: The Video Game seems to run its creativity dry (if indeed it even had any to begin with) almost instantaneously, with the sum of its parts amounting to a succession of lacklustre mini-games, dull trawls and a near-pathological obsession with fuse-wiring puzzles.
You play as Elliot Maslow, a photographer/journalist who, following a plane crash, is marooned on an island along with the cast of the TV series. He is tasked with regaining his lost memory and then escaping the increasingly hostile jungle surroundings. It's tempting to label Lost as a poor-mans Uncharted, but in truth it offers so little in the way of gameplay content that the two are barely comparable. It's quite literally an action game without any action, as you mope around tunnels and caves with the greatest threat coming from your own poor navigation or having your light source run out. One of the strangest paradoxes however concerns the games shooting element, or apparent lack of. Elliot can trade items for a gun (or is eventually given one) which, despite the abundance of ammunition available, goes virtually unused - I only shot three people in the entire game.
The main pull for those who enjoy the TV series will be the beach - site of the plane wreckage and a meeting ground of sorts where you can pick the brains of the various recognisable characters. Sadly though, their inclusion feels like a bit of an after thought. Playing as a character who can't remember his own identity, it soon becomes clear that nobody else on the island remembers you either, much less care about your plight. The entire cast seems performs with an air of indifference, like it's just another payday, though in their defence, the ponderous dialogue is lamentable at times. It's very, very difficult to empathise with characters who continually insist on answering all of your questions either with a sarcastic remark, a flat one-liner or (most annoying of all) a random, deflecting question of their own.
Outside of your base camp things aren't much better. The opening challenge doesn't exactly fill you with confidence; like much of what follows, it's a mini-game of sorts where you are given the apparently simple task of following a dog through the jungle to a clearing. It's a woeful introduction that accurately encapsulates many of the games frailties as well as highlighting its frankly embarrassing lack of ambition. The camera is dodgy; the controls are cumbersome and the prompt to look where the dog was headed is pointless as by the time the perspective has shifted around, the canine is already out of sight, meaning you essentially have to guess your way through the last few paths.
The rest of the game consists of following forest markers, doing random (even by this games standards) IQ tests on ancient computers and finding fuses with which to complete the painfully dull circuit-board puzzles, of which at one stage you are given three consecutively, a task that will surely sap your will to live. The game reaches its climax with a chase through the jungle, where you are given prompts to jump over or slide under debris. It's so simple it makes the old madcap into-the-screen chases of Crash Bandicoot seem like rocket science, but this very most basic of sections is one of the more enjoyable as there's little for it to get wrong.
There are at least a couple of areas where Lost: The Video Game shows glimpses of quality. The locations, particularly the various interiors and the crash site, are detailed and vibrant, whilst the waterfall area and giant derelict ship are fairly eye-catching too, even if some of the jungles have colour schemes so muted they border on a greyscale effect. Character animation lets the side down somewhat, with recognisable though unflattering recreations of the shows actors all equipped with the same vacuous, plasticky expressions and their own strange twitch - usually of the lips or eyebrows - that repeats every time you speak to them.
Lost's sole spark of invention gameplay-wise involves Elliot's camera. Taking snapshots of certain items encountered during the course of the game will reward you with gallery content, but it's the flashback scenes that are, by some considerable margin, the most accomplished sections the game has to offer. At set points, you are placed in an short, looping event within Elliot's memory and your task, using the zoom and focus functions, is to capture the significant moment (such as a briefcase changing hands) in order to 'unlock' more of his memory and back story. The flashbacks are neither long nor difficult, but they highlight how good a tool the camera might have been if put to more productive use in the main adventure.
The story is perhaps the single saving grace of what is a very short game, as the initially dull premise does admittedly develop a bit in the later stages and the ending is pretty cool. However, from start to finish Lost: The Video Game is very much a franchise product that seems to have had its marketing potential and storyline sized-up long before the 'video game' ideas were ever devised. As such, it feels like a long episode with the playable bits serving as nothing more than half-hearted distractions, meaning it's difficult to recommend to even the most committed followers.
Lost Via Domus..... think Lost, Final Fantasy and the worst shoot'em up game you have ever played all rolled into one. The game is aimed at lost fans, if you are not you will not enjoy it. The story features all the main characters from the television series and similar story lines and scenarios as appear in seasons one and two. Your most formidable opponent is the smoke monster who you will have to avoid on numerous occasions. The game is largely a disappointment. It is not very long, the story line is weak and puzzles are at times frustrating. I would recommend it to a Lost fan only for the Lost experience; it is possible to indulge yourself in the world of Lost for a very short time. However there is little feeling of achievement by the end of the game. On the positives, the graphics are good and the game will get your heart pounding at times. My star rating is from a Lost fans perspective.
Lost has finally returned to our screens, and no doubt you're just as confused as I am with where the plot is going. Thankfully you can now fill in some holes, or just make yourself more confused than ever, by playing through Lost: Via Domus.
The game casts you as an entirely new character, Elliot, a photojournalist and yet another miraculous survivor of the doomed Flight 815. This allows the developers to make up an entirely new story without messing around too much with the stories of the TV programme's main characters. Elliot also happens to have developed amnesia, which is always a convenient crutch for lazy writers. Yes, you guessed it; the objective of the game is to figure out why you're on the island through various objectives and the series favourite flashbacks.
When it comes to the TV programme's main characters they're all here - including Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Hurley, Sayid and Ben to name a few - but strangely enough most of them aren't voiced by the real actors. You'd have thought that since Ubisoft managed to secure rights to make games out of Lost (which was most likely a bit of a bidding war) they'd have thrown down a little more cash to secure the real actors. It's slightly annoying for diehard fans of the series, and you'll probably never get used to it.
Apart from the dodgy voices you've got a story made up of various episodes. This is an attempt to make the game feel like a real season of Lost (complete with "previously on Lost" introductions) and it works pretty well. Flashbacks will occur throughout the episodes, which is where Elliot's career as a photojournalist comes into play. The start of a flashback offers a glimpse of a torn-up photograph and it is your task to figure out the rest of the photograph as a sequence plays out. The sequence then loops while you focus the picture, zoom in and frame your subject. Once you've taken the correct photograph the sequence is played out in full and offers yet another piece of the puzzle to Elliot's back-story. It's a unique twist in an otherwise fairly unoriginal game. I say this because; while there are puzzles they're pretty repetitive and get extremely dull after the first few times. That would probably be because there's only one type, and that involves the incredibly exciting task of fixing a fuse box! You might find it somewhat original at first, but after you've done it for the sixth time you start to wonder if the game has anything more to offer. Oh yes, there's also two chase sequences that don't do much more than add a little more drama to the proceedings.
If you're not a Lost fan then there's no real point to picking up this game, even at the low price of £9.76 (which is the cheapest price I could find). In the end it's little more than an interactive story and one giant big Easter egg for Lost fans, albeit a fairly interesting one. Anyone else would find the game extremely confusing, and, yes, I know the fans of the series are just as confused. The difference is they like the series and will lap up anything connected to it, devoted fans as they are. Even for Lost fans the game is extremely short - clocking in at around five hours - but we're not talking about full price here. This kind of game should always be released at less than £20, even if only the fans of the franchise will pick it up. There's just not enough depth to justify paying anymore for it.
The short nature of the game makes me wonder if it could be considered a 'bargain', as there's not much on offer here, but £9.76 for a current generation game that isn't actually that old has to be some sort of steal; just don't ask me why.
This review was adapted from one I originally wrote at this link: http://tinyurl.com/d57u87
I was bought this game for my birthday, and it's different to the usual type of game that I would play (think Mario, Zelda etc!), so perhaps I am coming at this from a different angle from other people. As a big fan of Lost, I really enjoyed seeing the island and interacting with the characters, and the game follows the plot of the series, albeit loosely as you would expect with a new character introduced.
I thought the graphics were very good, the main characters were mostly realistic, especially Hurley and Sayid, although some of the voices were pretty dodgy.
The controls were easy to use, this is from a first time PS3 user, so they must be easy to pick up! No problems here.
The game does seem pretty short compared to some of the games my husband plays, and it's taken me about 10-12 hours to get to the end. Gamers wanting a longer game will probably be disappointed, though it was a good length of game for me.
Lots of different activities to do, collecting objects, trading, solving puzzles (my favourite bit), negotiating the black smoke in the jungle, and a bit of shooting, though not a lot if that's your kind of thing. There are also flashbacks, where the main character has to do some camera work before they get a little bit more information.
All in all, I liked this game, and found it a nice change from the platform style games that I would normally be drawn to. Maybe it is more suited to a beginner like me, but I would say that any fan of the programme should give this a go.
upon playing this on several different consoles i felt this was the best version the controls were at its best and definatly the grphics improved. The general playabilty of the game was very good but the game is somewhat disapointing revealing very litlle new about the Hit Tv show LOSt which as an avid fan was a gret let down. That said the game is very funbut lacks alot in the Rpg feel
The storyline starts as you crash land on the island on flight 815 as a character called Elliot ( must stress not to be taken as canon). You have anesia brought on by the crash and you pole vault through flash backs and present day ventures on the island trying to recover your memory. The storyline is strong and i dont wish to givde much a way because its definalty worth a play at some point for the average gamer because its is fun. Although its clear alot of the time developing this game was spent on the graphics rather than moving from area to another.
I find the game very short completing it in under four hours also on top of that its very hard not to complete the game because you are nursed through every section it is far from a challenge. I advise to stay away if you like challenges but if your an avid fan of sci fi definatly try it.
The main disapointment of the game is the character voices , they are horrible. Top of the list is John Lockes voice which grates yourear drums its unbearable if your a fan of the show im not joking it hurts. this presents a problem if youve bought the game off the back of the shows credibility. Although if you can get your head past that its fairly enjoyable epscially escaping the monster and exploring dharma structures and your spell away with the others . Id recomend to fans of the show but as any fan would notice you cant take any as canon to the show. I just enjoyed walking round the island really. The shows great and it saved this from going too wrong but its obvious that the game couldnt give too much away from the 4th season coiming up around the time of release so it is limited but wellworth a go.
I borrowed this game from a friend who is a big Lost fan. He said it was great but I wasn't so sure, so I borrowed it instead of making the purchase. I'm glad I did, the game isn't very good for many reasons.
The graphics are great with many of the characters looking like they do in the TV show and the landscape is rendered very well. However, the game does have some framerate issues.
You are a new character, Elliot Maslow and you have just crashed on the island and forgotten everything. You have to solve puzzles and collect things to remember things.
At the beginning you can't stroll off the path which gets annoying but later on you can go anywhere you want to. The challanges could be pretty challenging but nothing too hard. The story is very short and can be completed in under 5 hours. Another bad point is the cutscenes. You can't skip them, this gets very painful if you die and have to watch them again. Some could last for 5 minutes, not very good if you just want a little play.
In conclusion, I think this game is only good for Lost fans, anyone else should just pass it over.
Ok, unless your a die hard fan of lost, then you would do best to stay clear of this game if possible.
Developed by Ubisoft, i must admit i expected better things.
Your part in this game is played not through the eyes of a current Lost character, but an entirely fictional one named Elliott Maslow, a photo journolist suffering from a bad case of amnesia. While stuck on the Island, your job is to see Elliott put the missing pieces of his jigsaw back together back helping out the real Losties with any problems they have.
This game is incredibly short, for me it clocked in at around 5-6 hours gameplay. It comprises mostly of finding items to to make other items work and puzzle solving. We do alot of to and throe here running from one spot to another and back again. It's ashame really because with all of Losts great locations on the show, we only really see a small selection of them.
We only see confrontation with enemies once or twice during the entire game which to me was odd. they had literally created a gun mechanic that is used 3 times at most during the whole game. We also Play several flashback scenes in Elliott's life, but these are short flashes in which we have to take a snapshot of a specific thing in the scene in order to progress. These scenes don't even really add anything to the game nor it's story and are uninteresting at best.
It has to be noted that this game also rips the story lines apart by adding in this fictional character, who often discovers things that in the show was discovered by a major character. All in all, i felt totally let down by this being a big Lost fan. It's really just tore the show a new one in more ways than one.
Being a huge lost fan I decided I had to buy this game. So I did.
You play as Elliot Maslow a photojournalist and a survivor of Oceanic Flight 815 who suffers from amnesia.
Your goal in this game is to find items and solve puzzles to trigger your memory.
The graphics are pretty impressive, with all main characters looking very, very similar.
At the start of the game freedom to explore the island is restricted to paths, but as you progress you get much more freedom.
The challenges are reasonably challenging, but nothing too hard.
The overall story of your characters past is quite interesting and just like waching flasjbacks from Lost.
I was really enjoying the game...while it lasted.
The game is extremely short, which is reflected in the low price of the game.
The other main down point is that you dont have the option to skip the story, even if you have already watched it. This can get quite annoying if you fail the same mission a few times.
Overall the game is well worth the money and a must for any Lost fans.
I'll give it a 7/10, would have been a 9 or a 10 had it been longer.
In Lost Via Domus you take the role of Elliot, a journalist with amnesia, throughout the game you find out about your past and learn that there is a reason your on the island.
The game has stunning graphics that at some points in the game are truely breathtaking, however, the character models are terrible, the look and sound of some of them are so bad you struggle to think who it is.
The game is very linear, meaning that you are very limited to what you can do, which is a shame as with those graphics it would be amazing to explore the island freely.
If you have no idea what Lost is because you've been down a well for the past 3 years, then there is no point in buying the game, it will mean nothing to the non losties out there, and even if you are a losty, with poor models and a very short plot with no replayability, if i was you i would save yourself £25.00 and buy a half decent game.