Lost Dimension

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Strategic game with compelling story, memorable characters.

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Positive Messages

Protecting world from nuclear destruction good, but constant combat, paranoia very negative.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play an agent trying to take down a madman before he can destroy the world, but also trying to sniff out traitorous agents in your party.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn. Challenging to play as game goes on.

Violence

Turn-based combat against robots, humans, using machine guns, pistols, swords, special psychic powers. Some blood shown when humans are attacked.

Sex

Some female characters wear short skirts.

Language

"S--t," "boobs," "damn" used in dialogue; sexually suggestive comments audible as well.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lost Dimension is a turn-based role-playing game (RPG) set in an alternate future. Though not overly realistic or graphic, play centers heavily on violence. Players use multiple weapons as well as psychic powers to shoot, slash, and burn human and robotic enemies. Some blood can be seen when humans are hit. Parents also should know there's some sexually suggestive dialogue and profanity including "s--t," "boobs," and "damn." Also, though the game is easy to learn, especially with the mandatory tutorial, it gets very difficult in later missions, which could frustrate some players.

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What's it about?

LOST DIMENSION is a tactical single-player role-playing game. A madman named the End is planning the destruction of Earth through nuclear warfare. A group of 11 psychically gifted agents has been tasked to infiltrate the End's tower, destroy his robotic minions, and stop the global carnage before it begins. The player takes the role of one of these agents, hoping her skills are enough to defeat the villain. Surprisingly, you discover there's a traitor among you, so you also have to battle other agents to prevent the apocalypse from happening.

Is it any good?

It might look like every other Japanese role-playing game (JPRG) on the surface, but this title's unique story, multiple characters, and deep, engaging gameplay should really please gamers. For example, the clever "traitor system" keeps you guessing who the real threat is as your party members are constantly whittled down. What's more, it's completely random, so you'll never know who it is from game to game, and you can replay this numerous times and always be challenged. Lost Dimension also gets better the more you progress through the story and increase your strength and abilities.

Gamers will appreciate the unique backstory and personalities of each agent, not to mention her own unique powers to keep things fresh -- be it freezing enemies and items, teleportating, or stealing someone else’s powers. Using tactics on the battlefield adds more depth to the combat as well. There isn't much to complain about, other than some very difficult scenarios that will have you using trial and error to replay missions a slightly different way. The graphics are so-so, but players should be forgiving given the great story and gameplay. Overall, Lost Dimension is a deep, enjoyable, and unique game for those who prefer tactics weaved into role-playing action -- including its sci-fi take on a classic whodunit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games such as Lost Dimension. Is the violence in the game OK because you destroy evil droids? What about when you attack humans? Is there a distinction between the two, or is violence of any kind hard to justify?

  • Talk about what motivates villains in games. Why are they always threatening to destroy the world? What are their motivations to commit such destructive acts?

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