While violent, bloody, and gory, this is a fun and challenging action-heavy game for older gamers and fans of the original manga graphic novels. Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise brings in a mix of brawling and "quick-time" game mechanics, where you have to time button presses exactly to perform a preprogrammed move during certain game sequences. These moments are frequently unpopular, because it takes a lot of control away from gamers for canned segments. Thankfully, while these sequences exist, they're really only a small part of the overall fighting mechanic. In reality, Lost Paradise is one of those games that's easy to pick up, but then gets deeper as you unlock more moves and combo sequences. Additionally, there are healing potions, outfits, defense maneuvers, buggy upgrades, and more that you can acquire through the game to improve your skills. You'll also earn orbs for winning matches that can be used for unlocking new abilities.
There's considerable depth here, with more than 20+ hours for the first playthrough leading up to the final boss fighter -- not including the many side quests, optional side games (like becoming a bartender or even running the night club), or taking on other jobs. You can look for treasure on the huge wasteland map. There are even goodies to collect, including cassette tapes to listen to music from previous Sega games, arcade games based on old Sega classics, and casino games, too. Between its high production quality and compelling character depth and its intense combat sequences and RPG-like upgrades, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise can be lots of fun. Players will just have to deal with those annoying quick-time sequences and the tons of blood and gore to enjoy this post-apocalyptic manga come to life.