Next up, we have a dang strong contender for E3 2018’s "Brilliantly, Brutally, Gratuitously Violent" award. Oh yes indeed: Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is coming. You cannot hide. You cannot escape. You can only watch aghast.
Do you remember MadWorld? Not the 2017 Wong Chun movie or the song by Hardwell, but the gloriously unhinged action game from Sega. Exclusive to the Wii of all things, this vicious pulverize ‘em up put you in the shoes of one Jack Cayman, a man with a chainsaw grafted onto his prosthetic arm. Needless to say, he’s not the kind of guy you want to bring home to meet your mama (however chill she may be about the guys you date), and proceeds to put that saw arm to grisly use.
MadWorld centers around the theme of a grim gameshow, in which contestants go all Mortal Kombat on each other for realsies. As such, brutal, glorious violence is the order of the day. If that sort of thing is your bag, here’s another Sega property you’ll definitely want to get on board with.
The Fist of the North Star franchise is also known for its brutality. It began in 1983 as a manga series, before expanding into anime, video games and assorted spin-offs. Our protagonist is one Kenshiro, a martial artist adept in the ways of Hokuto Shinken. This gives him the ability to deftly target crucial parts of the opponent's body, and so… well, make them explode in various disgusting ways.
Naturally, then, Kenshiro is right at home in the video game world. There have been many adaptions of the series, on systems from the Game Boy to the Famicom and PlayStation 2. The latest instalment, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, released in Japan back in March. Now it’s coming to the west, and it’s got a stylish and violent (set phasers to NSFW) trailer to prove it. Check it out right here.
How to describe the action? Well, imagine if you threw MadWorld, the Dynasty Warriors series, the Yakuza series and the Mortal Kombat series into a blender. Lost Paradise is the sweet, sweet ridiculous smoothie that would result.
Interested parties will be glad to hear that the game is coming to PS4 in the US and Europe on October 2.