LOST: Via Domus is a videogame released in 2008 based on the successful TV show Lost. When I first heard they were making this game I was really excited to explore all the great locations and moments from the show. So, I bought the game and quickly realized that it is one of the worst current generation titles I have played. Everything about this game is wrong, the voice acting, the setting, the characters, the plot, the pacing and the locations. EVERYTHING. Not to mention that it is not fun at all. The “puzzles” throughout the game are just plain horrible. The flashback sequences are a bunch of nonsense. Believe me; just avoid this one completely if you can.
You play through the game as a side-character, one of the many random passengers seen in the background throughout the show. This, from the very start crippled the game, as the character has about as much charisma as Frogurt. The game opens with the classic imagery of “Jack opens his eyes in the jungle shot.” This almost immediately annoyed me, especially after the connotation I draw from this shot due to the series finale. But I’ll give them a pass on that one, simply because this game came out with the release of season 3.
After this, the character, whose name is eventually revealed to be Elliot Maslow, continues through the jungle towards the crash site. Now… c’mon, it seems to me that the best way to have done the opening of this game would have been a chaotic crash scene, perhaps Elliot even wakes up in the water, the looming remains of 815 in the distance. It would have been exciting. You’d be running around helping people, dodging shrapnel. But, no, the game instead has you trek through the jungle for what seems like a very long time, doing nothing, hearing nothing. Eventually you run into Kate, and then you must do the first of many frustrating flashback sequences. WHY would there be a flashback before we even get to the crash site? Did the show have a flashback of jack while HE was running through the jungle towards the crash? NO, because that would be stupid. The Flashback essentially consist of taking pictures with Elliot’s camera as he attempts to remember how he came to be on the island. Believe me, it just doesn’t work.
This is just one very small part of a very flawed game, but it should be enough reason to help you steer clear. I think it’s still worth bringing up this game for a couple of reasons. One, to highlight how not to adapt a series, and two because the LOST mythology could be so great for a videogame. It just would have to be done in a completely different way from the show. This game attempts to recreate the feeling of certain scenes in show, only with a character that we don’t care about. A better approach would have been to give Lost fans control over the characters we love, and then put them in situations that we have never seen on the show. Now, that would be cool on many levels. It could fill in gaps left by the sprawling narrative of the show, and give us great gameplay moments that we’ve never seen.