How could Ubisoft get this so wrong?
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When games that are based on TV shows, Films or books are released, the average gamer expects poor quality at a high price. Sorry to say, but the LOST: Via Domus game does nothing but continue the crap fest that is licensed games. Before you take any judgments, I'm making this clear: I have only seen 2 episodes from the LOST TV show.
Oceanic flight 815 from Sydney to Los Angeles suddenly loses control and crashes onto a deserted island, or is it? Only you and roughly 6 people survive the crash. Whilst the others try to figure out what is on the island, you have to try and remember you past. Soon enough, you and the castaways are discovering supernatural places and creatures. You investigate….
How could Ubisoft (the developer) go wrong with a story like this? Why of course, with boring and repetitive game play! This game tries to be a puzzler, adventure, and role playing game all at once. This means you will need to trade with other castaways, investigate, collect items and finish mini games, it gets boring, really, really fast.
To move forward in the game, you will be placed in flashbacks where you have to take the correct photo to remember your past, solve problems by entering a code, following markers in the juggle or routing power to a door or object. That's all that the game offers, boring and repetitive game play that doesn't even make you feel like you are stranded on a tropical island. The game skips on the fundamentals of being 'LOST '. You don't even have to sleep, eat or find food and water to survive.
Some of the game mechanics are absolutely terrible. While going through the forest I ran into a hostile, he was holding an AK47 (an automatic rifle), once he started shooting at me, the gun did single shots and sounded like a sniper. Also, while traveling through a cave, you need a light source to explore or you would die. I was at the very start of the cave where there was sufficient light and suddenly, I died for no apparent reason. There are also plenty of graphical bugs, for example, the outside of the plane cockpit was a different color each time I went to it. Hopefully, a lot of long loading screens will help you forget about that.
What the game does do well is recreate beautiful forests and characters. Every character from the show looks almost picture perfect in the game. They also move well and have great facial expression that makes the characters interesting to talk to. Voice acting is from all the original actors which make it top notch. The forest has detailed vegetation, rocks and lighting that makes it interesting to be in. You will be so excited the first time you get to explore the forest, however, the frustration will soon kick in once you run into an invisible wall that keeps you from wondering off the one pathway.
This game does tell a fabulous story which makes it feel right at home with the LOST TV show, however, that's only one of few things Ubisoft got correct. If you're a fan of the show, you will definitely enjoy most of it if you have the patience to go through the same repetitive game play. The game does follow the TV show's story almost step by step but with an added character, so it could even get boring for fans. If you are looking to buy a game to actually have fun, by all means, avoid this one.