the sleeve of The Fist of the North Star —Hokuto no Kenas it is known in Japan- is going to turn 35 years old, which is said to be soon, on September 13, 2018. It borrowed certain elements from Mad Max, yes, although it also did a lot of its own merits for popularizing a very specific subgenre of the science fiction: that of the collapse of society and the world as we know it due to nuclear conflict. Welcome to the post-apocalypse.
Fist of the North Star finally on PlayStation 4
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise It is by no means the first game based on the juicy license from Buronson Y Tetsuo Hara that goes on the market. And the truth is that, if we look back, this saga has been full of ups and downs; His video games have not gained great popularity outside of the Land of the Rising Sun. To make matters worse, two of his latest outstanding titles, Fist of the North Star: Ken’s RageY Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2they were basically a Dynasty Warriors with Hokuto no Ken skins, and we don’t say that in a derogatory tone, but rather we want to emphasize that lately video games based on this manga have tried to find their niche in an oversaturated market.
And this brings us to lost paradisethe title whose playable demo for Playstation 4 —it is exclusive— we have in our hands. when we say that Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is a Yakuza set in The Fist of the North Staris not a reductionist comparison. The developer studio is the same in both cases —Sega R&D1—, and, in fact, Takaya Kuroda, an actor who voices Kiryu, also lends it here to Kenshiro. What’s more, in Japan, this video game is titled “Hokuto Ga Gotoku”, and the Yakuza saga there is known as “Ryu Ga Gotoku”. As you see, Lost Paradise is quite a declaration of intentAs its name indicates.
The demo, with barely an hour of play, consists of two well-differentiated parts. On the one hand we have a tutorial, where we will learn the basic aspects of combat, and on the other, we will be introduced to the game world itself, where the objective is to complete a secondary mission.
Kenshiro, the heir to the Hokuto Shinken
The fights, as we say, are very reminiscent of the fighting system used in the Yakuza saga.. Although, obviously, Lost Paradise adds the usual touch of offal and various freakouts that we are used to from Hokuto no Ken. Kenshiro is the successor to the Hokuto Shinken.an ancient martial art that allows him to press key points on the human body to inflict immense pain on his enemies, even causing them to literally explode.
Combat is fluid and crowd fighting is fun both for the strategy required to overcome them —there are multiple enemies, of different types, each one needs a different approach—, and for the offal that the game does not shy away from showing with the impressive executions that we can perform. Of course, for those with a less strong stomach, there is an option to reduce the blood level.
The combat tutorial culminates in a final boss battle against Shin, the main villain of Lost Paradise, and Kenshiro’s great rival in the manga. This particular fight serves as a final exam to put into practice all the knowledge acquired during the previous quarter of an hour in which we have been tanning the back of countless thugs from this bleak post-apocalyptic future.
Eden, the oasis of the post-apocalypse
The other part of the demo gets us fully into Eden, a city that functions relatively well considering the huge global disaster. Taking into account that the main enemy to defeat here is Shin, this story, which is not canonical and is located in an alternate continuity to the official one, would be set in the early stages of the manga. Even so, the demo itself promises us, yes, meetings with important characters from the Fist of the North Star such as raohor Toki.
In this city that we can freely explore, we must complete various tasks to advance the plot; the typical. In the playable demo we had to go with Bat, Kenshiro’s cheerful companion, to do a series of errands in order to fix a vehicle. During the process, of course, several thugs have come our way to which we have had to distribute tow so that they stop bothering good people. Definitely; the resolution of the missions is what you would expect from a Yakuzaand, in this respect, Lost Paradise does not exactly invent the wheel.
Minigames without rhyme or reason in Lost Paradise
Speaking of wheels, vehicle missions will be available in the full game. We can explore the wasteland freely to obtain resources necessary to make decent objects and vehicle parts in good condition, and we can also participate in a series of races. A fairly simple race was available in the demo, but enough to give us an idea of how this aspect of the game works. It tries to look for a “realistic” control, although you do not expect a system of physics or damage to the vehicle like those of a DiRT Rally.
In the full version we will have access to various minigames such as 8-bit arcade titles in a local arcade, or even the possibility of doing that -as ridiculous as it may seem, even the game itself admit it— Kenshiro be a bartender. Yes; Kenshiro will be able to become a bartender —with erre, eye—, and make all kinds of cocktails and listen to the sorrows of their clients. The truth is that it brims with humorous potential.
Final impressions of Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
We have played the demo on a standard PS4 console, and we have not detected any serious performance issues. Some popping occasional —NPCs that appear out of nowhere in Eden when you walk—, and slight drops in frame rate just after loading. Lost Paradise looks really good at 1080p 60FPS, although, due to its setting, exploring the wasteland can become very monotonous. We do not know if the game will have 4K support on PS4 Pro. All the images that accompany this text have been extracted from the game directly using an external video capture device.
Lost Paradise has dual audio; there are English and Japanese voices, and English subtitles. Taking into account sales figures revealed by Sega relatively recently, and the – worth the redundancy – little that is missing for the title to be in stores, We doubt that it will even have texts in Spanish. What happens to other recent titles in the Yakuza saga; Sega is not going to invest extra capital in something that it knows is very niche.
In any case, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise looks very good considering what we have said in the previous paragraph: it is a niche title. Waiting to see what the final result will be like, we venture to say that it will satisfy both Yakuza and Hokuto no Ken fans. It will be quite interesting to see how the plot unfolds, and Kenshiro’s interactions with the other iconic characters in the series. There is great fidelity to the original source in the appearance of the characters; It will be necessary to see if there is also in his behavior.
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise went on sale in Japan on March 8, 2018, and will go on sale in Europe on October 2, exclusively, on PlayStation 4. You can download the demo from your page on PlayStation Store.
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Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, the Yakuza starring Kenshiro
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