Lost: Via Domus Xbox 360

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  • Summary: After Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a seemingly deserted Pacific island, its survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers has become reluctant heroes who must workAfter Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a seemingly deserted Pacific island, its survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers has become reluctant heroes who must work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. Danger and mystery loom behind every corner on the island, and those they thought could be trusted may turn against them. Even heroes have secrets. As a passenger of Oceanic flight 815, you survived the crash and find yourself on an uncharted island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. As you begin to unravel mysteries of the island, you begin to discover secrets of your own. You will have to understand your past mistakes in order to survive and find your way home. Confront your dark past, seek your redemption, and ultimately find a way home. Explore familiar locations, unravel mysteries, and interact with the main characters from the show. Survive the challenges that the island throws at you: Solve puzzles, outsmart enemies, battle the smoke monster, and overcome many other challenges to survive the island and come out alive. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 50
  2. Negative: 15 out of 50
  1. A little Lost goes a long way with diehard fans. So, while I wished there were some deeper gameplay moments or a longer adventure (the game clocks in at about seven hours), I couldn't imagine, as a Lost fan, not playing this game and loving what it has to offer.
  2. It had the incredibly difficult job of creating a new character in the Lost world with an interesting enough side-story, able to exist without disrupting the timeline or feeling like an aberration, and able to expose fans to at least a handful of things with which they would be satisfied, even eager, to tinker. There's no question it achieves that.
  3. A great story ties together all things Lost, and the flashbacks are unique, but essentially it’s nothing that we haven’t played before.
  4. The game is incredibly short, clocking in at five to six hours, and focuses too much on the things fans of the series do not want to do (random puzzles and hating your favorite characters) rather than the things they want, like exploring the island or being rewarded an answer or two.
  5. As a Lost fan, I enjoyed exploring the island and interacting with survivors from the Oceanic Flight 815; as a videogames player, Via Domus feels like a wasted opportunity.
  6. A decent digital recreation of the show, with mediocre story and adventure gameplay, counterbalanced by oodles of Lost fan-service.
  7. It’s all pointless though because the writers of the TV show have since said that this game doesn’t even take part in the official chronology, making this nothing more than glorified fan fiction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. raulrodriguez
    Mar 7, 2008
    10
    A must buy for all LOST fans, no joke. Go get this NOW. No questions asked. Locke style. :D By the way, the graphics and music (I can'tA must buy for all LOST fans, no joke. Go get this NOW. No questions asked. Locke style. :D By the way, the graphics and music (I can't decide which are better) totally give justice to the whole experience. If you're big on aesthetics, they did themselves in on this one. Expand
  2. BrandonWilkes
    Mar 7, 2008
    9
    5 i expected the graphics to be better, but the voice acting makes up for it. locke sounds like locke. jack sounds like jack. that's all5 i expected the graphics to be better, but the voice acting makes up for it. locke sounds like locke. jack sounds like jack. that's all i really needed. as long as my favorite two characters sounded like who they're supposed to sound like. on top of that, by the way, the gameplay is spectacular. at least rent it. but if you're a lost fan you should probably have it in your collection, right next to the season dvds. Expand
  3. Mar 28, 2017
    7
    As a major fan of the series this game is a bit of a let down. It's still a decent game and well worth a play through for all fans of theAs a major fan of the series this game is a bit of a let down. It's still a decent game and well worth a play through for all fans of the series. Not much more than a one time play through waiting for you here. Expand
  4. Rem
    Apr 22, 2017
    5
    One of my earliest Xbox 360 games, Lost:Via Domus was a pleasant surprise with its remarkable (for the time) graphics, faithfulness to the TVOne of my earliest Xbox 360 games, Lost:Via Domus was a pleasant surprise with its remarkable (for the time) graphics, faithfulness to the TV show, and a plot that genuinely intrigues you at first. All this eventually becomes naught as you peel away the layers and discover a bare bones game that works better as an interactive episode rather than a satisfying gaming experience.

    Taking place within the show's first two seasons, Via Domus pits you as a survivor of the titular plane crash that sets up the game's events. Once again they play the amnesia card which works well enough, you genuinely want to know what the heck is going on as the game goes back in forth in time as you try to piece together who you are and your role in the story. Notable characters form the show's first few seasons make a return though most of them are there simply for fanservice as they rarely do anything other than hint on future events and subtle references to the TV show, you'll care for none of the characters, but they get the job done of moving the plot along. At every turn of the story you'll be curious as to what happens next only to be stupefied at the game's underwhelming ending, quite meta if you ask me.

    To tell a good story you need a good medium for the player to experience it, and Via Domus' medium is basic at best. For a show about survivors exploring an island in the middle of an ocean, the game is severely linear with little room for deviation from the main path. The game stresses survival mechanics, but none of them are used all that much and none of them are difficult in the slightest. From the trading system to the stealth and hunger mechanics, there is some promise, but none were explored well enough to create a fun, lasting experience. The game also totes puzzles, but there's a grand total of two of them and none were that difficult to solve. Included as well is a conversation system, which ultimately boils down to asking questions and no way to shape your character. The most fun you'll have with the gameplay are the flashback sequences which task you in finding a specific angle to capture a snapshot to get the full picture and gain some insight of the plot.

    The game's visuals are dated nowadays, but for 2008, it was good looking and remarkably detailed. The game's music is something you'd expect from the show, a nice touch from the generic music from other show based games. Via Domus' presentation as a result is pleasing, just not anything special. The greatest sin this game commits aside form the empty gameplay mechanics, is the length. I know the game wasn't based off all the seasons of the show, but this was an opportunity to explore new things yet the game clocks in at 5 hours, with me taking my time. The game ends before it starts to become good and when you charged over 40 dollars at the time for this, it's just insulting.

    Lost: Via Domus, while better than many games based on TV shows, is still lengths away from being a good game itself with its plot that that doesn't quite reach its potential and gameplay that might be better off not existing for how little player interaction it asks of you. It's okay at best, which is more than what most cash grab show based games can even achieve.
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  5. May 11, 2012
    3
    This is a game that MIGHT be worth a rent if your a hardcore fan and very forgiving. However if you happen to have standards it will leave youThis is a game that MIGHT be worth a rent if your a hardcore fan and very forgiving. However if you happen to have standards it will leave you either irritated or bored with only a easy 1,000gs completion to make the pain go away. Apart from offering no challenge, it never offers up any inside scoop to island secrets or character revelations. The new protagonist is dull, the voice acting is bad and the game mechanics border on clunky to laughable. Worth a rent if your desperate for more lost, but do so with the knowlege it's mediocre. Expand
  6. MerrillL.
    Mar 1, 2008
    3
    I'm a huge fan of Lost (watched every episode to date) and was really hoping that Ubisoft would create AAA hit. Well, they failed I'm a huge fan of Lost (watched every episode to date) and was really hoping that Ubisoft would create AAA hit. Well, they failed miserably. The visuals are good enough where it's not too painful to watch but definitely not next-gen. The dialogue is short and bland, the character's seem rather lifeless, and the missions are extremely linear. Theres no freedome to explore or roam the island as you can only travel on pre-determined paths and only one objective is available at a time. I'm glad I only rented this because I couldn't justify spending any time on this crappy title. Lost:Via Domus = FAIL. Expand
  7. May 5, 2011
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. With no shadow of doubt, this is the single worst game I've ever played - and I'm counting the legendary Atari 2600 ET in that list. Primarily due to the complete lack of any effort made with regard to the source material. Lost is one of the best produced, most expensive TV shows there's ever been. This seems to have been phoned in by a couple of unenthusiastic interns who couldn't be bothered working on it until a few days prior to deadline and realised they had to actually produce an engaging storyline, plot and characters, none of which they succeeded in.
    It has all the interactivity of an on-rails shooter. The ridiculousness of some 'plot points' goes beyond the banal (you can't get access to a new area because someone is standing in your way and won't let you, while there's a whole beach front of access), prior to finishing the game you find a large batch of items which normally you could trade or use, except there's nobody left to trade with and no need to use them. That's the level of design and thought that's in the game. None.
    Sure as a Lost fan it's nice to see a few behind the scenes areas and rummaging around the places we've become familiar with in the series can be fun, but that's not the basis for any form of interactive entertainment.

    In all, a tedious, linear, one note and pointless experience that was a thorough disapointment.
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