Continued at this address...Originally Posted by IGNJanuary 23, 2008 - If you've never seen an episode of ABC's hit TV show Lost, here are the essentials: Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on a mysterious island leaving its passengers in a struggle for survival. In theory, you can know just this little nugget of info and be able to play Ubisoft's videogame version of Lost. But let's face it; Lost: Via Domus is first and foremost for the fans. And as a Lost devotee, I wouldn't have it any other way.
You play as Elliott, a photojournalist who is one of the survivor's of Oceanic 815. While many of the castaways gained something from crashing on the Island (Locke can walk, Jin has manly sperm, Sawyer doesn't have to wear shirts), Elliott suffered amnesia. As with the other survivors, Elliott has a dark past, one that has followed him to the island. The only trouble is that he can't remember why one of the other survivor's is hunting him. Along with discovering some of the secrets of the Island, gamers will also solve the mystery of Elliott's past.
Lost: Via Domus is separated into seven episodes that play out exactly as if you were watching the TV show. Each episode begins with a "previously on Lost" segment, followed by a hook to kick off the episode, with things ending in a cliffhanger. These elements are executed perfectly and give a sense that you are indeed experiencing an episode of Lost. Ubisoft Montreal even managed to catch some of the imagery from the show. The first thing you see following the crash is a close-up of Elliott's eye.
In the 10-12 hour adventure, you'll get a unique perspective on the events from the first two seasons of Lost. While the third season's events are not included, you will visit places not shown in season two. In fact, in Episode 2 of Via Domus, Elliott runs into Ben, Juliet and Mr. Friendly. If those names mean nothing to you, just smile and nod and pretend you are cool enough to know what us Losties are talking about. For those in the know, the fact that Ben and Juliet are "in play" as early as events of the first season is pretty exciting. How this will work into the overall story remains to be seen. Suffice to say, Lost: Via Domus isn't going to hold back.
In fact, the creators of Lost -- who helped shape the game's story -- allowed Ubisoft to explore areas and reveal things that are not going to be covered in the TV show. Remember the magnetic wall in the Swan station? Apparently there's a room inside. And if you play Via Domus, you'll venture in to discover this new room and interface with its computer. Ubisoft is promising there will be a few fun moments such as this to give fans a bonus for playing the game.
Bottomline is I can't wait for this game...